UPDATE: More info on Tiger Woods surgery after car crash near LA .
Tiger Woods was injured Tuesday morning in what the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department termed a “single vehicle roll-over traffic collision.”
According to the department’s Twitter account, the vehicle sustained “major damage” in the accident, which took place at 7:12 a.m. Woods was the only occupant of the car, and was extricated through the front windshield. He was taken to nearby Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Golf legend Tiger Woods’ lengthy emergency surgery following his one-vehicle rollover crash required the insertion of a rod, screws and pins to stabilize his leg, according to a statement on his Twitter account.Woods was “awake, responsive, and recovering,” after the surgery at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the statement said.
Orthopedic trauma specialists inserted a rod into his tibia to stabilize both the tibia and fibula bones, stabilized the foot and ankle bones with a combination of screws and pins and relieved pressure to the muscle and soft-tissue of his leg by surgically releasing the covering of the muscle, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anish Mahajan said in the statement.
Woods’ car was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard in Rolling Hills Estates, heading downhill in the residential area. His car apparently crossed the southbound lanes and traveled a substantial distance before coming to rest:
ABC 7 in Los Angeles reported that Woods was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, less than 10 miles away from the crash site. Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Lt. Michael White said in a public statement that Woods’ injuries were non-life-threatening.
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg released a statement shortly before noon in Los Angeles confirming the news: “Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
Woods had been in California for the Genesis Invitational, which took place at Riviera Country Club. Woods did not play, as he was still recovering from back surgery, but was present to congratulate tournament winner Max Homa. After the tournament, he also played golf with Dwyane Wade.
SOURCE: ESPN/ CNN