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Tiger Woods awake, recovering from surgery after serious rollover crash

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the PNC...
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 17th hole during the first round of the PNC Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 12:45 PM MST
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LOS ANGELES (KKTV) - Famed golfer Tiger Woods is awake and responsive following a calamitous rollover crash in a Los Angeles suburb.

The golfing legend was driving through the winding, hilly California coastal area when he struck a sign and lost control of his SUV. Law enforcement says the vehicle jumped a median and crossed two lanes of oncoming traffic before tumbling down an embankment.

“I will say that it’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” said Los Angels County Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who was first on the scene. Gonzalez said he poked his head through a hole in the vehicle to check for survivors after seeing the wreck.

Woods never lost consciousness and was alert as responders worked to free him from the mangled wreckage. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the airbags and the fact that the body of the SUV was largely intact after coming to rest worked in Woods’ favor, giving him “a cushion to survive the crash.”

Woods was the only person involved and was rushed to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center once extricated from the vehicle. There, he underwent surgery for shattered tibia and fibula bones in his right leg, as well as multiple injuries in his ankle and foot.

His official Twitter page released a statement on his behalf late Tuesday night.

The crash remains under investigation. Law enforcement says they checked for signs of alcohol or drugs, and there was no indication of any impairment. It’s unknown how fast Woods was going, but the area he was driving is known for fatal crashes. Gonzalez said he has caught people going 35 mph or more over the 45 mph roadway.

Well-wishers included former presidents Barack Obama and Donal Trump, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, and numerous younger golfers who came of age looking up to Woods.

“I’m sick to my stomach,” said Justin Thomas, No. 3 in the world. “It hurts to see one of my closest friends get in an accident. Man, I just hope he’s all right.”

The LASD held a news conference after Woods was safely hospitalized, which can be viewed below.

WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. briefing on Tiger Woods' Crash

WATCH LIVE: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. briefing on Tiger Woods' Crash.

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The scene of the accident:

WATCH: Tiger Woods hospitalized after crash

LIVE LOOK: Law enforcement is at the scene of an earlier rollover crash in the Los Angeles area involving legendary golfer Tiger Woods. Woods was trapped in the vehicle and extricated via Jaws for Life and has since been taken to the hospital. His manager says he suffered several leg injuries and is undergoing surgery. No one else was in the car. (Note: This is raw video from our CBS affiliate in LA.) https://www.kktv.com/2021/02/23/tiger-woods-hospitalized-after-rollover-crash/

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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