A luxury SUV driven by Tiger Woods crashed and rolled over Tuesday morning in Southern California, leaving the golf superstar with serious injuries.
Woods is “awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room” after undergoing emergency surgery, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Woods “suffered significant orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg.
A rod was inserted to stabilize his tibia and femur bones, while a “combination of screws and pins” were used to stabilize injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle, the statement posted on Woods’ Twitter account said.
Woods, the only person in the Genesis GV80 SUV, was trapped in the wreck, which occurred after he hit a center median in the road, and then careened into brush, hitting a tree at just before 7:12 a.m. PT. A neighbor of the crash scene called 911.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was traveling at a “relatively greater speed than normal.”
Woods was extricated by firefighters from the vehicle and taken to Harbor UCLA, a major trauma center.
Villanueva, speaking at a news conference, said deputies who responded to the scene “did not see any evidence of impairment” with Woods.
Because there was no sign of impairment, Villaneuva said, “There was no effort to draw blood at the hospital.”
Woods was conscious at the scene and able to communicate with deputies.