Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car crash in California and has suffered “multiple leg injuries”.
Woods was reported to be conscious and responsive when he was removed from the wreckage by the local fire department early on Tuesday morning before he was rushed to hospital in a “serious condition”.
Although his injuries have been described as “non life-threatening”, it was reported that he was undergoing surgery at the nearby Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for multiple compound fractures in both legs and a shattered ankle. Medical authorities are expected to provide an update on the extent of his injuries following surgery.
His agent, Mark Steinberg, said: “Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
The LA County Sheriff also stated there was “no obvious sign” that Woods was impaired by drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the accident, although this could not be confirmed until tests were performed by investigators at the hospital.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods’ car was traveling at a “relatively greater speed than normal” descending down a hill in an area notorious for a “high frequency of accidents.” There were apparently no skid marks on the road, and it was assumed that the car hit the barrier that separated the carriageways, colliding with a curb and a tree before coming to rest.