Golf star Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries to both legs as his car flew off the road and flipped several times Tuesday near Los Angeles in a crash he was “very fortunate” to survive, law enforcement officials who found the US golf legend said.
The golf superstar had to be pulled out through the windshield, and his agent said he was undergoing leg surgery.
Woods was alone in the SUV when it crashed into a raised median shortly before 7.15am, crossing two oncoming lanes and rolling over several times, authorities said at a news conference.
No other cars were involved. Woods was alert and able to communicate as firefighters pried open the front windshield to get him out.
The airbags deployed, and the inside of the car stayed basically intact and that “gave him a cushion to survive the crash,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
Both of his legs were severely injured, said county Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
Woods was admitted to hospital in serious condition.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries,” said his manager, Mark Steinberg.
“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
Authorities said there was no immediate evidence that Woods’s driving was impaired.
They said they had checked for any odour of alcohol or other signs he was under the influence of a substance and did not find any. They did not say how fast he was driving.
A KABC-TV helicopter over the scene of the accident showed a car on its side with the front end heavily damaged.