Golf legend Tiger Woods was “very fortunate” to be alive after Tuesday’s crash near Los Angeles that destroyed his SUV and resulted in serious injury to Woods’ legs, police said.
Woods was “conscious” and “able to communicate” when Los Angeles County firefighters arrived on the site of their Tuesday morning crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
He added that there was “no evidence of impairment” while examining Woods on the scene.
The collision took place just after 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time, when Woods was heading north on Hawthorne Boulevard, Rolling Hills Estates. The car left the road, crossed the south-bound lanes, and came to rest on the driver’s side in a gully a few hundred feet from the middle of the divider.
Firefighters removed Woods from the window of the truck. He was admitted to the Harbor-UCLA Trauma Center, less than 10 miles from the crash scene, with injuries identified as “non-life-threatening.”
“The nature of his wreck, the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt, greatly increased the chance that it saved his life,” said Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first responder on the scene of the accident. “He was very fortunate to come out of this alive.”
Villanueva noticed that Woods’ car moved a few hundred yards from the middle of the area, struck a roadblock, hit a tree, and rolled over several times.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby noted that, contrary to previous accounts from the Sheriff’s Department, Jaws of Life had not been used. Woods was ejected from the car and suffered serious damage to both legs.