Tiger Woods injured in car crash

By Melissa Macaya, Veronica Rocha, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 8:12 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021
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6:33 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021

Interior of Woods' car acted as a cushion to what "otherwise would have been a fatal crash," sheriff says

The interior of Tiger Woods' car acted as a "cushion to survive what otherwise would have been a fatal crash," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said about today's crash.

"The interior, the cabinet of the vehicle was more or less intact. The front end was totally destroyed, the bumpers, everything totally destroyed, airbags deployed, all of that. However, thankfully the interior was more or less intact, which kind of gave him the cushion to survive what otherwise would have been a fatal crash," he said.

Villanueva said that Woods was wearing a seat belt.

He said from their investigation so far, the vehicle crashed into the center median and hit two signs before coming to rest in the brush

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6:20 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021

Tiger Woods suffered serious leg injuries, fire chief says

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Following the crash Tuesday morning, Tiger Woods was conscious when rescuers arrived, placed into a medical collar for stabilization. The golfer suffered serious injuries to both legs, L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said at a news conference Tuesday.

The vehicle traveled several hundred feet before coming to rest off the roadway, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

He said he believes the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed as it was traveling on a steep downhill slope.

6:17 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021

Woods was conscious when officials arrived, sheriff says

County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.
County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. Source: KCAL; KCBS

Los Angeles officials say that Tiger Woods conscious when they arrived to the crash and there was "no evidence of impairment," Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference on Tuesday.

County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said Wood's was trapped in the car. He said personnel got him out of the car using a tool for prying and an axe, not the "jaws of life" that was previously reported.

The sheriff said neighbors called 911 at 7:12 a.m. local time.

"We have to assume they made that call almost immediately, as soon as it happened, because the neighbors are sitting right within 50 feet of the location," Villanueva said.

Villanueva said the vehicle was a 2021 Genesis SUV.

Osby said Woods was then transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center because it is also a trauma center.

Officials said there was a second vehicle accident, but no one was hurt.

6:25 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021

Deputies saw no evidence of impairment, L.A. sheriff says

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva. Source: KCAL; KCBS

There was no evidence of impairment noted by deputies responding to the rollover crash involving Tiger Woods, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a news conference Tuesday.

Woods was in stable condition with serious injuries when he was taken to the hospital, L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said in the news conference with the sheriff.

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6:02 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021

L.A. Sheriff's Department holds news conference on Tiger Woods crash

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is holding a news conference to discuss a car crash involving golf legend Tiger Woods.

Wood has "non-life-threatening injuries" but has suffered from "compound fractures in his legs," a Los Angeles law enforcement source tells CNN.

What we know: Woods’ vehicle rolled over this morning on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes in California, according to the sheriff's department. His vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road when it crashed, the sheriff's department said.

Woods was transported to a local hospital for his injuries.

6:00 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021

Tiger Woods was traveling at high rate of speed before crash, L.A. Times reports

From CNN's Jon Passantino

Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP
Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

Tiger Woods was traveling at a high rate of speed Tuesday morning when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed in Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. 

According to the report, Woods crossed the center divide of Hawthorne Boulevard before rolling his SUV multiple times and coming to a halt. An official cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

According to a Los Angeles Times source, Woods had to be removed through the car’s windshield.

Los Angeles County Fire representative Leslie Lua told CNN rescuers used a halligan tool and an axe to pry Woods out. 

Reached by CNN, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department did not comment on the report.

5:31 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021

PGA Tour player hopes Tiger Woods "can get out of the hospital walking"

From CNN's Jill Martin

Jon Rahm poses with Tiger Woods after winning the Hero World Challenge in 2018.
Jon Rahm poses with Tiger Woods after winning the Hero World Challenge in 2018. Rob Carr/Getty Images

PGA Tour player Jon Rahm reflected on Tiger's Wood's energy as a player and a person and said he hopes he "can get out of the hospital walking."

“It’s a different atmosphere at an event when Tiger is playing than when he's not playing, and he’s that big, no matter even if the best 20 players in the world are playing. If he's not there, you can tell a difference," Rahm said during an interview with the Golf Channel.

He added that it's "just sad to see" and he hopes Woods makes a full recovery.

"He's a great ambassador of the game, and it looked like he was starting to turn his life around and maybe looking forward in the future to retirement and spending some great time with his son Charlie. I just hope, you know, he can get out of the hospital walking [inaudible word here] after recovery, and he can still play with his kids and have a normal life," Rahm said.

5:14 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021

How the sports world is reacting to Tiger Woods' crash 

As news of Tiger Woods' crash and condition continues to develop, current and former athletes have turned to Twitter to express their support for the golf legend.

Here's a look at how some have responded so far:

5:10 p.m. ET, February 23, 2021

Tiger Woods has "non-life-threatening injuries" and suffered "compound fractures"

From CNN's Paul Vercammen

Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP
Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

A Los Angeles law enforcement source tells CNN Tiger Wood has "non-life-threatening injuries" but has suffered from "compound fractures in his legs."

Further, the source says no field sobriety test was administered due to the seriousness of the injuries.