Feb. 23 (UPI) — First responders had to use the “jaws of life” to pry Tiger Woods from his wrecked car Tuesday in Los Angeles, police said. Woods also was transported to a hospital for leg surgery.
“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that deputies reported to a “single vehicle roll-over traffic collision” at 7:12 a.m. PST Tuesday. They said Woods was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.
“Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported by ambulance for his injuries,” the sheriff’s department said.
Police have launched a traffic investigation into the incident.
Former Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade posted photos Monday to Instagram that showed him golfing alongside Woods at Rolling Hills Country Club, which is near the site of the crash. Woods appeared Sunday on CBS during the final round of the Genesis Invitational.
The 15-time major champion hasn’t participated in a PGA Tour event in more than three months due to his injured back. Woods had his fifth back surgery in December and said he isn’t sure when he can return to play. He had hoped to enter the Masters Tournament from April 8 to 11 in Augusta, Ga.
Fellow golfer Justin Thomas spoke about the incident when he met with reporters Tuesday.
“I’m sick to my stomach. It hurts to see one of my closest friends get into an accident,” Thomas said. “I just hope he’s alright. I just worry for his kids. I’m sure they are struggling.”
Woods has two children, son Charlie (12) and daughter Sam (13).
Woods previously pleaded guilty to reckless driving in 2017 after he was arrested and charged with a DUI. Police found him asleep at the wheel of his car during that incident, which occurred in Jupiter, Fla.
Woods said that incident was the result of “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications” and that alcohol was not involved.
Woods was cited for careless driving in 2009 when he crashed his car into a tree and a fire hydrant outside of his Windermere, Fla., home.
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