LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Calif. — Tiger Woods was injured in a rollover crash in Southern California on Tuesday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that the pro golfer was extricated from the wreck with the “jaws of life” by L.A. firefighters and paramedics before he was transported to an area hospital for his injuries.
The athlete’s manager, Mark Steinberg, released a statement to The Associated Press Tuesday afternoon, saying Woods “suffered multiple leg injuries” in the crash and was in surgery. He also thanked the public for their “privacy and support.”
Officers say they responded to the single-vehicle crash on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes at about 7:12 a.m. PT. When law enforcement arrived, they found the vehicle sustained “major damage.”
Authorities believe the Woods was in was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Blvd. at Blackhorse Rd. when it crashed. Officials say Woods was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
The sheriff’s department says it’s conducting a “traffic investigation” to determine what happened.
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Woods has been recovering from his fifth back surgery and while he hasn’t played a tournament this year, the 45-year-old was in the L.A. area over the weekend for the Genesis Invitations, NBC News reports.