Police officers said Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a single vehicle rollover in Los Angeles early Tuesday.
Woods was injured in the crash around 10:12 a.m. ET Tuesday. According to reports, first responders from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, who were reportedly notified of the crash by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 10:22 a.m. and responded to the scene at 10:28 a.m., had to use a crowbar and ax to remove the golf star from the vehicle.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Woods was transported from the crash site to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in an ambulance with a broken ankle and two broken legs, one of which was composite. He is currently in stable condition.
The cause of the crash is being investigated.
Woods had been in the Los Angeles area hosting the Genesis Invitational Golf Event. The car he drove – reputedly a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV – was made available to him by the tournament. He had been in the Los Angeles area for an extra few days on a Golf Digest shoot with former NBA star Dwyane Wade and actor and comedian David Spade.
Woods, 45, recently received his fifth back surgery after playing at the Masters in November. He wanted to return to Augusta for the Masters in April, CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz said over the weekend.
Here’s the latest on the Woods crash:
Tiger Woods crash updates
All times east
3:48 p.m .: Los Angeles county sheriff Alex Villanueva says Woods was unaffected at the time of the accident and that the accident will not be charged.
00:54 am: Woods’ official Twitter account posted an update on his status early Wednesday morning. He suffered multiple fractures of the upper and lower fibula and tibia that required stabilization with a rod inserted into the former. Additional injuries to the foot and ankle were stabilized with screws and pins. The release stated that Woods was vigilant, awake and resting in his hospital room after the operation.
7:27 pm: According to someone who knew about his treatment, Woods suffered a broken ankle and two broken legs, one of which was a compound fracture.
Latest on Tiger Woods: His injuries included a broken ankle and two broken legs, one of which was compound, according to a source familiar with his treatment. “Lucky to be alive,” says the LA County Sheriff. From the @ latimes team reporting the crash: https://t.co/3sZTsNMmML
– Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) February 23, 2021
6:40 pm: NBC News reports that Woods is in “stable condition”. There was no evidence that he used the brakes in his accident.
6:26 pm: Fox Sports’ Andy Slater reports that Woods was on his way to meet NFL quarterback Drew Brees at the time of the accident.
NEW: Tiger Woods was on his way to Drew Brees and was late on FOX according to @BretBaier.
– Andy Slater (@AndySlater) February 23, 2021
6:24 pm: The first officer on site to respond, LAPD Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, said Woods could not stand alone, adding that he was clear and calm. Also says Woods has put on his seat belt.
6:18 pm: According to Villanueva, the front of Woods’ vehicle was severely damaged, but the interior cabin remained intact. Otherwise Woods’ accident would have been fatal.
6:11 pm: According to Villanueva, the area where Woods crashed has seen frequent accidents due to its downward-facing, twisted layout. Weather is not considered a crash factor.
6:09 pm: Los Angeles Fire Chief Daryl Osby said at the press conference that it was discovered at the crash site that Woods had “serious” leg injuries and that due to the crash and the severity of his injuries, he should be transported to the nearest trauma center: Harbor- UCLA Medical Center. He also reiterated that it wasn’t the jaws of life that removed Woods from the vehicle, but a combination of a chisel and ax.
6:07 pm: Villanueva reiterates that there was no evidence of impairment in Woods at the scene of the accident and that no efforts were made to draw blood from him at the time or when he was hospitalized.
6:05 pm: Another crash due to rubber neck occurred near Woods, according to Villanueva. Nobody was injured.
6:03 pm: According to Villanueva, the traffic report on the Woods crash will take several days.
6:02 pm: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference that first responders had seen no evidence of impairment in Tiger Woods.
5:57 pm: Woods’ crashed Genesis GV80 was removed from the crash site, as seen on the Golf Channel.
5:26 pm: NBC News reports that first responders used an ax – not the jaws of life – to remove Woods from his vehicle.
5:12 pm: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells the Los Angeles Times that Woods is “lucky enough to be alive”.
5:07 pm: The Athletic’s Kavitha Davidson reports that it didn’t take a Jaw of Life to get Woods out of his car:
The LA Fire Department captain makes it clear that the jaws of life were NOT needed to get tigers out of auto hand tools
– Kavitha A. Davidson (@kavithadavidson) February 23, 2021
5:02 pm: The Golf Channel reports that Woods was alert to the scene of the crash and responding to first responders.
4:18 pm: CNN’s Jake Tapper reports that the jaws of life may not have been used to remove Woods from the car and that he was pulled off the car’s windshield instead.
4:01 pm: CNN’s Kyung Lah reports that Woods is currently in serious condition at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
3:51 pm: ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that doctors in LA are more concerned with the severity of his leg injuries than with surgery on his medically repaired back.
3:50 pm: According to Lt. Michael White of the LA County Sheriff’s Office, Woods’ injuries are not considered life threatening.
3:28 pm: The Los Angeles Times reports that Woods is believed to be traveling at a “high speed” prior to crossing a bulkhead, causing the vehicle to tip over several times before it came to a stop, according to police officers. The road being traveled is considered to be winding and steep.
2:57 pm: According to Henry Narvez, Los Angeles County Information Officer, Woods suffered moderate to critical injuries.
Tiger Woods suffered moderate to critical injuries after being pulled from his car after an accident at Rancho Palos Verdes, according to Henry Narvez, Los Angeles County PIO.
– Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) February 23, 2021
2:48 pm: According to Daniel Rapaport of Golf Digest, Woods has suffered multiple leg injuries and is currently undergoing surgery.
The story has been updated with the statement from Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg:
“Tiger Woods was in a car accident in California this morning that left him with multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and assistance.” https://t.co/z7kdbXOmLZ
– Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) February 23, 2021
2:45 pm: Pictures of the car that Woods allegedly drove have surfaced:
2:37 pm: There is currently no official word on Woods’ injuries. The wreck is referred to as the “Major”. The LA County Sheriff’s Department stated that Woods had to be removed from the wreck with the jaws of life. The collision occurred early Tuesday on the west coast.
The story was originally broken by Steven Gregory, an iHeartRadio correspondent.
Woods was videotaped with former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade prior to the accident. The video was posted to Wade’s Instagram account, although the timeline for the video suggests it was from Monday. Woods was also videotaped with actor and comedian David Spade.
Woods had his fifth back surgery in December and was rehabilitating the injury to get back on track.
This story will be updated.