Golf giant Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries near Los Angeles on Tuesday after a severe car accident that law enforcement officials describe he was “very fortunate” to survive.
Woods’ car flew off the road and was involved in the roll-over collision, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva was quoted as saying by news agency AFP. He underwent surgery following the crash, the sheriff added.
Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby said Woods received “serious injuries to both legs”.
No other vehicle or were involved in the accident and the site of the accident is known as “hotspot” for high-speed accidents in recent times.
“I will say that it’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” said deputy Carlos Gonzalez.
Villanueva said there was no evidence that the legendary golfer was under the influence of narcotics, alcohol or meditation.
Gonzalez, who was the first law enforcement official to arrive at the scene of the incident, said Woods was conscious when he initially saw him trapped in his vehicle and appeared “calm and lucid” to recognize himself.
Woods, who is one of the most successful golfers of all time, has recently undergone his fifth back surgery and this crash can jeopardise his career.