Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident in LA

Tiger Woods, the golf star, was in the hospital Tuesday morning after a severe rollover crashed near Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department said.

Woods was the only passenger on the SUV, the Genesis GV80, which headed north on Hawthorne Boulevard on Blackhorse Road when it crashed just after 7 a.m., authorities said. The vehicle was badly damaged and Woods had to be rescued from the wreck by Los Angeles County firefighters and ambulances, sheriff officials said.

Sources said it had to be removed through the car’s windshield.

“Because of the situation and the way the vehicle was found, he couldn’t open the door and get out,” said Henry Narvaez, a spokesman for the LA County Fire Department. – We served him, helped him get out of the vehicle.

He was transported by ambulance to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries.

Woods “suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently undergoing surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support, ”said Woods Manager Mark Steinberg.

Aerial photographs of the scene of the accident showed that Woods’ vehicle was on his side about 30 feet from the road.

Officials did not reveal the cause of the accident.

Law enforcement sources who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter publicly told The Times that Woods was moving at high speed and lost control of the vehicle before crossing the center divider. Woods’ SUV rolled several times before stopping.

The state of the sources was characterized as “moderate to critical”.

The accident occurred on a winding, steep section of Hawthorne Boulevard, the main road that crosses the Palos Verdes Peninsula, where signs warn trucks to use lower gears as they go downhill. The road was closed on Tuesday morning as MPs investigated.

This is not the first car accident Woods has been involved in. In 2009, when the flai backed off the driveway on a secluded street near Orlando, Cadillac’s SUV struck a hydrant and collided with a neighbor’s tree.

In 2017, Woods was arrested in Jupiter, Florida after police found him asleep at the wheel of his car. Woods later said the incident was caused by an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications”.

Times staff member Christina Schoellkopf contributed to this report.