Golf star Tiger Woods was in the hospital Tuesday morning after a serious rollover crash close to Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division mentioned.

Woods was the only real occupant of a Genesis GV80 SUV that was touring north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Highway when he crashed simply after 7 a.m., authorities mentioned. The automobile sustained main harm, and Woods needed to be extricated from the wreckage by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, sheriff’s officers mentioned.

Sources mentioned he needed to be eliminated by way of the car’s windshield.

“Due to the scenario and the best way that you just discovered the automobile, he wasn’t capable of open the door and are available out,” L.A. County Fireplace Division spokesman Henry Narvaez mentioned. “We extricated him; we helped help him out of the automobile.”

Woods was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Middle by ambulance, the place he’s in “serious” situation and is being handled for his accidents, the Fireplace Division mentioned.

Woods “suffered a number of leg accidents. He’s at present in surgical procedure and we thanks to your privateness and assist,” his supervisor, Mark Steinberg, mentioned.

Aerial photos from the scene of the crash confirmed Woods’ automobile mendacity about 30 yards off the highway on its facet.

Woods was in Los Angeles because the host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Nation Membership, a golf event that concluded Sunday. He didn’t play in the occasion, as he was recovering from his fifth again surgical procedure however instructed CBS announcer Jim Nantz in an interview in the course of the last spherical that he hoped to play in the Masters in April.

“God I hope so. I’ve bought to get there first,” Woods mentioned in the interview. “Lots of it’s based mostly on my surgeons and docs and therapist and ensuring I do it appropriately. That is the one again I’ve bought; I don’t have rather more wiggle room left.”

In line with numerous reviews, Woods was on the golf course taking pictures one thing for Golf Digest on Monday, and each retired NBA star Dwyane Wade and comic David Spade tweeted they have been enjoying with him that day.

Legislation enforcement sources who requested anonymity as a result of they weren’t approved to talk publicly on the matter instructed The Occasions that Woods was touring at a excessive price of pace and misplaced management of the automobile earlier than crossing the middle divider. Woods’ SUV rolled a number of instances earlier than coming to a halt. Officers haven’t revealed the reason for the crash.

The crash occurred on a curvy, steep stretch of Hawthorne Boulevard, a serious highway that cuts by way of the Palos Verdes Peninsula the place indicators warn vans to make use of decrease gears when touring downhill. The highway was closed Tuesday morning as deputies investigated.

Sheriff’s deputies specializing in accident investigations have been photographing the scene and have been set to take measurements and element the wreckage earlier than it was eliminated. The entrance finish of the SUV was closely broken and the windscreen body had been eliminated the place Woods was extracted from the automobile.

Bob Fong, 67, who lives on Blackhorse Highway, simply north of the crash web site, observed police automobiles at Hawthorne Boulevard on Tuesday morning and thought, “It will need to have been some huge movie star that crashed.”

Fong is aware of how difficult the curves on the steep Hawthorne Boulevard could be — a lot in order that close to the crash web site there’s a runoff lane to be used in emergencies.

This isn’t the primary car crash Woods has been concerned in. In 2009, as he backed out of his driveway in a gated neighborhood close to Orlando, Fla., his Cadillac SUV struck a fireplace hydrant and hit a neighbor’s tree.

In 2017, Woods was arrested in Jupiter, Fla., after cops discovered him asleep on the wheel of his car. Woods later mentioned the incident was attributable to an “surprising response to prescribed drugs.”

Occasions employees author Christina Schoellkopf contributed to this report.

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