Tiger Woods sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries in a car crash early Tuesday in the Los Angeles area, authorities said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that the star golfer had to be pulled from his vehicle after the rollover accident in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Woods, 45, was the only person in the car.
Although he was unable to confirm Woods’ identity, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Christopher Thomas referred to the crash victim’s injuries to USA. TODAY Serious but not fatal sports.
Longtime Woods agent Mark Steinberg only said the golfer suffered “multiple leg injuries”.
“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Steinberg said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities said the crash happened just after 7 a.m. PST at the border of Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates, an upscale neighborhood south of downtown Los Angeles. Woods was in the area for the Genesis Invitational at the neighboring Riviera Country Club. He hosted the event and presented the trophy but did not play due to recent back surgery.
Authorities did not immediately clarify the cause of the crash, but the Los Angeles Times reported that Woods was “traveling at high speed” on Hawthorne Boulevard and “lost control of the vehicle before passing through the center splitter.” citing police sources.
Locals told USA TODAY Sports that car crashes are common along this stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard. There is a range of about 100 yards where sand has been placed for cars and trucks picking up too much speed.
“There are accidents all the time,” said Chirelle Armante, 43.
Thomas, the firefighter’s spokesperson, told USA TODAY Sports that firefighters arrived at the scene shortly before 7:30 a.m. First responders removed the vehicle’s windshield, he said, and took the vehicle out. sole occupant of the vehicle – Woods – which was taken to a local hospital.
Thomas added that there was a second crash at the same location later on Tuesday morning when another vehicle apparently pulled over to see what had happened and was struck by a third vehicle. This accident did not cause any injuries.
Video of the scene televised by TBEN on Tuesday afternoon showed Woods’ badly mutilated car about six feet from the road. The entire front of the car was destroyed and several pieces of the vehicle had broken off and were lying on its side.
Another local resident, Claudia Gamio, 69, said she heard the crash and saw Woods’ golf clubs scattered around the car.
Tuesday’s crash comes just over a decade after Woods was involved in a now infamous accident outside his old Florida home. At approximately 2:30 am on November 27, 2009, his Cadillac Escalade struck several hedges and a fire hydrant before coming to a stop after hitting a tree.
Daniel Saylor, the former Windermere, Florida police chief, told The The Bharat Express News at the time that police found Woods outside the vehicle with his wife, Elin, nearby. The accident happened days after the National Enquirer tabloid published an article saying Woods was having an affair.
Shortly after the accident and the story, Woods confessed to living a secret life and having several affairs.
News of Woods’ crash on Tuesday sparked a wave of support and concern across the golf community. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement Tuesday that he was awaiting further information following Woods’ surgery and that “Tiger is in our prayers.”
Players on the tour at this week’s WGC-Workday Championship, meanwhile, were stunned.
“It’s disgusting,” said Adam Scott, another tour pro. “He’s our hero here. You think guys like Tiger and Kobe Bryant are untouchable, but they’re not. I just hope he’s okay.”
Bryant, the longtime Los Angeles Lakers star, died in a helicopter crash in the Los Angeles area just over a year ago.
Arguably the most accomplished golfer of his time, Woods has suffered a series of injuries in recent years, several involving his back. He last performed in an event on December 20, when he teamed up with his 11-year-old son, Charlie, at the PNC Championship.
Contribution: Mike Freeman, Golfweek, The The Bharat Express News
Peter reported from Rolling Hills Estates, California
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Tiger Woods Crash: PGA Star Injures Leg In One Car Crash