Tiger Woods involved in serious crash

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RIDGEWOOD, NJ – AUGUST 26: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the final round of The Northern Trust on August 26, 2018 at the Ridgewood Championship Course in Ridgewood, New Jersey. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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Five time Master-winning golfer Tiger Woods got into a serious car crash on Tuesday. Woods was in California for an upcoming golf tournament and an interview with Golf Digest. He was driving alone outside LA on Tuesday morning when his car rolled over and trapped him inside.

NBC’s Stay Tuned on Snapchat said, “The crash was apparently so bad that first responders had to use the jaws of life to get him out of the mangled car.”

It is confirmed that Woods’ car was the only one involved in the crash and it’s assumed that he was driving over the speed limit. A neighbor witnessed it called the cops, and they fled to the scene immediately.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva described the details of the crash.

“Apparently the first contact was with the center median,” said Villanueva. “From there it then crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there was several rollovers during that process.”

 Woods has had a few incidents behind the wheel in the past, but there are no signs of impairment at this time. In 2009, he crashed his SUV outside of his home in Florida and was knocked unconscious. It exposed a cheating scandal that led to him divorcing his wife and nullified various sponsorships. In 2017, Woods was found passed out behind the wheel of his car and claimed he was on prescription medications. 

An official statement from Woods’ team disclosed a breakdown of his injuries by Anish Mahajan, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. 

“Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopaedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center,” explained Mahajan. “Communicated open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.”

The statement went on to say that Woods is in stable condition. 

“He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room. There are no further updates at this time…” the report stated. 

It is unknown whether or not Woods will be able to golf again. He has suffered many back and knee injuries during his career. NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico gave his optimistic opinion on the situation.

“With Tiger, you never count anything out. This looks like really long odds. As the days go on we get more details,” stated Trico. “The person, his rehab schedule, his drive to be great, is one of a kind. If anyone could to anything close to getting back, its Tiger.”

Doctors say Woods will need at least six weeks of recovery to heal his leg injuries. It is highly probable that he will have to learn to walk again. Luckily, the highly injured leg is the leg that is less stressed while golfing. Make sure to check sports news websites and broadcasts to keep up with Woods’ recovery.