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Tiger Woods 'lucky to be alive,' police say, after breaking his legs in a Tuesday morning crash

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 24 Feb 2021


<p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/6035a22abed5c50011a2c315-2400/GettyImages-1231347014.jpg" border="0" alt="GettyImages 1231347014" data-mce-source="David McNew/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies gather evidence from the car that golf legend Tiger Woods was driving when seriously injured in a rollover accident on February 23, 2021 in Rolling Hills Estates, California. Rescuers used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate him from the car where he reportedly sustained major leg injuries. Law enforcement reports that there was no evidence of impairment. He was in town to participate in The Genesis Invitational golf tournament."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Tiger Woods was conscious when firefighters pulled him from an overturned vehicle on Tuesday, in stable condition but with "a very serious injury," Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby told reporters.</p><p>Though his condition was bad, "he wasn't so serious that he needed to be transported to the nearest hospital for immediate life-saving treatment," Osby said.</p><p>Woods is currently being treated at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he <a href="https://www.insider.com/tiger-woods-injured-car-crash-hospitalized-jaws-of-life-rescue-2021-2">underwent surgery</a> after suffering two broken legs.</p><p>The renowned golfer is <a href="https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-02-23/tiger-woods-injured-after-car-accident-la">"lucky to be alive</a>," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment/videos/3926951313992398">a press conference</a> Tuesday.</p><p>Villanueva declined to speculate on the cause of the single-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in the wealthy neighborhood of Rancho Palos Verdes. He did say, however, "there was no evidence of impairment."</p><p><em>Have a news tip' Email this reporter: <a href="mailto:cdavis@insider.com">cdavis@insider.com</a></em></p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tiger-woods-lucky-to-be-alive-police-say-car-crash-2021-2#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/london-streets-left-deserted-during-covid-19-lockdown-2020-3">Inside London during COVID-19 lockdown</a></p>
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