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Tiger Woods ‘lucky to be alive’ after crash: Latest updates, details as golf star recovers from car accident

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Tiger Woods was severely injured in a single vehicle roll-over collision in Los Angeles early Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials.

Woods was injured in the crash at roughly 10:12 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Reports indicated first responders from the Los Angeles County Fire Department — who reportedly were notified of the crash by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at 10:22 a.m. and responded to the scene at 10:28 a.m. — had to use a pry bar and axe to remove the golf star from the vehicle.

The Los Angeles Times reported Woods was transported from the crash site to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center via ambulance with a shattered ankle and two leg fractures, one of which was compound. He is currently in stable condition.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Woods had been in the Los Angeles area hosting The Genesis Invitational golf event; the car he was driving — reportedly a 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV — was provided to him by the tournament. He had been in the Los Angeles area for a few extra days on a Golf Digest shoot with former NBA star Dwyane Wade and actor and comedian David Spade.

Woods, 45, recently underwent back surgery, his fifth, after playing in the Masters in November. He was aiming to return to Augusta for the Masters in April, as stated over the weekend to CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz.

Here’s the latest on Woods’ crash:

Tiger Woods crash updates

All times Eastern

7:27 p.m.: Woods, according to someone with knowledge of his treatment, suffered a shattered ankle and two leg fractures, one of which was a compound fracture.

6:40 p.m.: NBC News reports that Woods is in “stable condition,” adding there was no indication he used the brakes in his crash.

6:26 p.m.: Andy Slater of Fox Sports reports that Woods was on his way to meet NFL quarterback Drew Brees at the time of the accident.

6:24 p.m.: The first responding officer at the scene, LAPD deputy Carlos Gonzalez says Woods was unable to stand on his own, adding that he was lucid and calm. Also says Woods was wearing his seatbelt.

6:18 p.m.: Villanueva says the front of Woods’ vehicle was damaged considerably, but that the interior cabin remained intact; otherwise, he said, Woods’ accident would have been fatal.

6:11 p.m.: Villanueva says the area in which Woods crashed has seen frequent accidents due to its downward, twisting layout. Says weather is not considered a factor in the crash.

6:09 p.m.: Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Osby in the news conference, says it was determined at the crash site that Woods had “serious” leg injuries and that, based on the crash and the severity of his injuries, it was determined he should be transported to the nearest trauma center: Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He also reiterated that it wasn’t the jaws of life that removed Woods from the vehicle, but a combination of a pry bar and axe.

6:07 p.m.: Villanueva reiterates there was no sign of impairment in Woods at the scene of the crash, and that there was no effort to draw blood from him at the time or when he was transported to the hospital.

6:05 p.m.: Villanueva says another crash occurred near where Woods’ occurred due to rubber-necking. No one was injured.

6:03 p.m.: Villanueva says the traffic report into Woods’ crash will take several days to conclude.

6:02 p.m.: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, in a news conference, says first responders did not see evidence of impairment in Tiger Woods.

5:57 p.m.: Woods’ crashed Genesis GV80 has been removed from the crash site, as seen on the Golf Channel.

5:26 p.m.: NBC News reports that first responders used an axe — not the jaws of life — to remove Woods from his vehicle.

5:12 p.m.: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells the Los Angeles Times that Woods is “lucky to be alive.”

5:07 p.m.: Kavitha Davidson of The Athletic reports that jaws of life were not needed to extract Woods from his car:

5:02 p.m.: The Golf Channel reports that Woods was alert and responsive to first responders at the site of the crash.

4:18 p.m.: CNN’s Jake Tapper reports that the jaws of life may not have been used to remove Woods from the car, and that he was pulled from the car’s windshield instead.

4:01 p.m.: CNN’s Kyung Lah reports that Woods is currently in serious condition in Harbor-UCLA medical center.

3:51 p.m.: ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports that LA doctors are concerned with the severity of the leg injuries more than the surgery on his medically repaired back.

3:50 p.m.: Woods’ injuries are not considered to be life threatening, per Lt. Michael White of L.A. County Sheriff’s Office.

3:28 p.m.: The Los Angeles Times reports that it’s believed that Woods was traveling at a “high rate of speed” before crossing a divider, causing the vehicle to flip several times before coming to a halt, per law enforcement officials. The road that was traveled is considered curvy and steep.

2:57 p.m.: Woods sustained moderate-to-critical injuries, per Los Angeles County Public Information Officer Henry Narvez.

2:48 p.m.: Woods’ agent says that Woods sustained multiple leg injuries and is currently in surgery, per Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport.

2:45 p.m.: Images of the car that Woods had supposedly been driving have surfaced:

2:37 p.m.: There’s no official word on Woods’ injuries at the moment. The wreck is described as “major,” with the LA County Sheriff’s Department stating it had to remove Woods from the wreck using the jaws of life. The collision occurred early Tuesday on the West Coast.

The story was originally broken by Steven Gregory, an IHeartRadio correspondent.

Woods was videoed alongside former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade prior to the accident. The video was posted to Wade’s Instagram account, though the timeline for the video suggests it was from Monday. Woods was also videoed with actor and comedian David Spade.

Woods underwent his fifth back surgery in December, and was in the process of rehabbing the injury in order to get back to the course.

This story will be updated.

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