According to Los Angeles authorities, Tiger Woods is not in danger of life but was very lucky to survive the accident with his SUV on a road on the outskirts of the city, said the sheriff who spoke at the crash site. The consequences of the accident are well known: open fractures to the tibia and fibula of the right leg, a plate in the tibia, screw and pins in the ankle.
Woods was on his way to a TV office for an appointment, his SUV crashed into a traffic island, overturned and ended up on its side near a steep road. The Woods foundation said Tiger is conscious and responsive after surgery.
Dr Anish Mahajan, chief physician of Harbor-Ucla Medical Center said Woods shattered the bones of the tibia and fibula in his right leg. Other injuries to the foot and ankle bones required screws and pins, Mahajan said in a statement released on Woods’s Twitter account late Tuesday evening.
It is the third time Tiger Woods has been a victim of road accidents: at the dawn of Thanksgiving in 2009, when with his SUV he ran over a fire hydrant and then ran into a tree. In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a damaged car parked on the side of the road.
He was arrested on charges of impaired driving, but was later acquitted because he proved it was an unexpected reaction to back pain medications.
TIGER WOODS HOSPITALIZED AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT
Tiger Woods was involved in a car accident in Los Angeles.
The golfer's car overturned on the stretch of road between Rolling Hill Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, sustaining considerable damage. Rescuers extracted Tiger from the car using hydraulic shears, then transported him to a nearby hospital for his injuries.
He is currently undergoing surgery on his lower limbs but the severity of the injuries is unknown. L.A. police said Woods did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol but obviously cannot rule out other substances until toxicological tests are carried out.
According to reports from Tmz, the golf champion was involved in an accident in Ranchos Palos Verdes, near Los Angeles, around 7.22 am and was extracted from the car by the emergency teams who rushed to the scene. Woods was taken to hospital following the accident in which he sustained his injuries.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tweets it. According to authorities, he was pulled from his car with shears by the firefighters and paramedics who rushed to the scene of the accident. The car in which Woods was traveling overturned.
We have to recall that only few hours ago he said he hope to play the Masters. He said: "I'm feeling fine. I'm a little bit stiff. I have one more MRI scheduled so that we'll see if the annulus fibrosus is scarred over finally and see if I can start doing more activities.
But still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things before I can start gravitating towards something a little more." Woods has not played since he joined 11-year-old Charlie at the PNC Challenge a few days before his surgery.
"I don't know what the plan is," he said when asked if he would try to play before the Masters. Woods, at Riviera to hand out the trophy as the tournament host, had a microdiscectomy Dec. 23. It was the fifth surgery on his back, and the first since a procedure to fuse his lower spine in April 2017.