Tiger Woods Hospitalized After Car Accident

Sarah Khan, Staff Writer

Tiger Woods, a 15-time major champion in golf, was involved in a severe car accident on Tuesday while driving near Los Angeles. It occurred just after 7 a.m. when his SUV crossed over a median, two lanes, hit a curb, a tree, and reached its final sideways position next to the road.

The sheriff believes that Woods traveled down a hilly road at high speed, leading to the accident. What makes the road even more dangerous is that this hill also contains a curve. This area is already well known by locals for having many car crashes and accidents.

There were no skid marks on the road, indicating that Woods didn’t use his brakes. Additionally, deputies who responded to the scene concluded that Woods was not driving under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. However, they could not confirm it as his condition was too severe to administer a field sobriety test.

A sheriff deputy from Los Angeles County was the first emergency responder on the scene. He responded that Woods was still trapped within his car upon arriving and was attempting to exit his vehicle. He was wearing a seatbelt and was able to relay that his name was Tiger. Woods was conscious and calm at the scene, which was most likely a result of being in shock from the severe injuries.

Firefighters had to be called to the scene to extricate Woods from the car using an ax to break the windshield and a pry bar to remove the metal surrounding his legs. A collar, leg splints, and a backboard were used to lift Woods out of the car safely. He was then rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, with sources reporting that he was in a serious but stable condition.

Woods was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for treatment. Doctors report that he had “open fractures” to his tibia and fibula in his lower right leg. A rod had to be placed into the broken tibia. Screws and pins were used to stabilize Woods’ foot and ankle injuries.

Following these emergency procedures, Woods was moved to Cedar-Sinai Hospital for continued orthopedic care. He is reportedly conscious and “in good spirits” as he is being cared for in the hospital.

Woods, who just recently recovered from his fifth back surgery in January, was in Los Angeles to host a PGA Tour event. He was driving a tournament car when he got into the accident. Although he was hoping to finally get back to golf after the back surgery, medical experts say that he now has a long road of recovery waiting for him after his new injuries.