Tiger Woods crash latest: Star undergoes surgery as 911 audio reveals moment cops alerted to 'high-speed' smash – latest

Tiger Woods crash latest: Star undergoes surgery as 911 audio reveals moment cops alerted to 'high-speed' smash – latest

TIGER WOODS has undergone surgery after suffering multiple leg injuries in a car crash in Los Angeles.

The golf superstar, 45, was driving in California when the car rolled over following a collision and he had to be cut from the wreckage.

Meanwhile, 911 audio reveals the moment cops were alerted to Tiger Woods' car crash before he was cut out using 'jaws of life'.

Read our live blog, below, for the latest updates on this developing story…

  • Alex Terrell

    EXCLUSIVE

    Tiger Woods almost smashed into a TV director's car as he left an LA resort moments before his horror rollover crash on Tuesday, The Sun can reveal.

    The golf legend, 45, was staying at the plush Terreana resort where crew for the show 'Grown-ish' were based for filming.

    Speaking to The Sun, a crew member said staffers were left shaken after Woods nearly hit the car being driven by the show's director as he left the resort.

    "He really did nearly hit the director's car, too, when he left this morning, which shook us up because of Tiger crashing his car before", the source said.

    They added "it's just a coincidence" that Woods was staying at the Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes along with the Freeform show's crew, as he "isn't part of the production at all."

    They added: "When we arrived here yesterday some of the guys were talking about Tiger staying here, too, and they were quite excited about it."

  • Alex Terrell

    AIRBAG SAVED HIS LIFE

    At a news conference, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods' airbags were deployed, and the car's bumpers and exterior were all heavily damaged.

    Villanueva said: “After all of that, the interior was more or less intact which kind of gave him the cushion to survive which otherwise would have been a fatal crash.

    During the presser, Villanueva said the Sheriff's Office received a call at 7:12 AM from a neighbour who heard the crash and came down to meet arriving authorities as the car was hidden behind shrubbery.

    "There was no evidence of impairments," Villanueva said, adding there was no need to administer a sobriety test because the tell-tale signs of drugs of alcohol "were not present."

    "It crossed the centre divider to the point it was several hundred feet away" Villanueva said, implying Woods was "traveling at a relatively greater speed than normal."

    Villanueva and other officials explained that particular area in the road has "a high frequency of accident, it's not uncommon," given the steepness of the road and the slight bend undetectable to speeding drivers.

    "There were no skid marks, no breaking, meaning the first contact was with the centre median," the sheriff continued. "Then crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hit a curb, hit a tree, and several roll overs during that process."

    The sheriff said Woods "was able to communicate and he was conscious," adding again "he was alive, and he was conscious."

  • Alex Terrell

    SECONDS OF HELL

    Tiger Woods was driving downhill when he crossed a median and overturned in shrubs before being pulled from his car's windshield.

    Police did NOT administer a sobriety test to the star golf player, who was apparently conscious after the crash early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

    Woods was driving on a downhill road when he crashed into a median and his car flipped over into some shrubbery.

    However, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office apparently did not administer a sobriety test on the award-winning golfer as there was no reason to, considering the speed he was potentially going and his injuries were non-life-threatening.

  • Alex Terrell

    OBAMA LENDS SUPPORT

    Former US President Barack Obama has tweeted his sympathy for Tiger Woods.

    And he has warned: "Never count Tiger out."

  • Marc Mayo

    SURGERY COMPLETED

    Tiger Woods has undergone a significant operation on his leg injuries.

    A statement just released on the golfer's Twitter confirmed the extent of the emergency work undertaken.

    Woods shattered the tibia and fibula bones of his lower right leg in multiple locations, according to Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

    A rod was inserted into the tibia to stabilise the leg and procedures also undertaken on his ankle and foot injuries.

  • Patrick Knox

    911 AUDIO REVEALS MOMENT COPS ALERTED TO STAR’S CRASH

    Tiger Woods crash – star in surgery with ‘multiple leg injuries’ after being cut out of horror car smash

  • Patrick Knox

    TIGER WOODS FOUND CONSCIOUS

    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said: "He was able to communicate. He was conscious.

    He added Woods was in "serious condition as a result of the accident."

    A deputy from the Los Angeles County sheriff's office, Carlos Gonzalez, said it was "very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive."

  • Patrick Knox

    WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE CRASH SO FAR

    Tiger Woods was seriously injured Tuesday when his SUV crashed into a median, rolled over and ended up on its side on a steep roadway in suburban Los Angeles known for wrecks, authorities said. 

    The golf superstar had to be pulled out through the windshield, and his agent said he was undergoing leg surgery.

    Woods was alone in the SUV when it crashed into a raised median shortly before 7:15 a.m., crossed two oncoming lanes and rolled several times, authorities said at a news conference. No other cars were involved. 

    The 45-year-old was alert and able to communicate as firefighters pried open the front windshield to get him out.

    The airbags deployed, and the inside of the car stayed basically intact and that gave him a cushion to survive the crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. Both of his legs were seriously injured, county Fire Chief Daryl Osby said.

  • Patrick Knox

    POLICE INVESTIGATION

    Cops said there was no immediate evidence that Tiger Woods was impaired in any way when he crashed and seriously injured both legs.

  • Patrick Knox

    PICTURED: CRANE LIFTS UP WOODS GENESIS WRECKED SUV

  • Patrick Knox

    ‘THINKING OF HIM’

    Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez tweeted: "Praying for my brother @TigerWoods as we all anxiously await more news.

    "Thinking of him and his entire family."

  • Patrick Knox

    CRASH SCENE

  • Alex Terrell

    911 CALL

    Shock audio reveals the moment cops were alerted to Tiger Woods' car crash before he was cut out.

    The dispatch caller raised the alarm saying there had been a "traffic collision" and "a person is trapped".

    They then said: "Sheriff on scene. Vehicle off the side of the road."

    The dispatch call came in around 7.26am PST today.

    The Los Angeles County Sheriffs department confirmed that Woods was the driver of the vehicle involved in the roll-over traffic collision.

    Fire crews had to lift him from the car before paramedics rushed him to hospital.

    According to the department, the vehicle, a Genesis GV80, sustained "major damage".

  • Alex Terrell

    CELEB SELFIES

    Tiger Woods had been posing for snaps with fellow celebrities including former basketball ace Dwayne Wade.

    Wade, 39, shared a selfie with Woods on the green.

    Credit: Instagram @dwyanewade
  • Alex Terrell

    CUT OUT OF WINDSCREEN

    Tiger Woods had to be cut out of the car via the windshield as firefighters used 'jaws of life' to rescue the stricken golf star.

    Images of the car show where firefighters pulled him out.

    Credit: Splash News
    Credit: Splash News

     

  • Patrick Knox

    'SICK TO MY STOMACH'

    Fellow PGA Tour golfer Justin Thomas said he was "sick to my stomach", during a news conference where he called Woods one of his closest friends.

    He added: "I just hope he’s alright."

  • Patrick Knox

    TIGER ONLY ONE IN CAR

    Woods, 45, was the sole occupant of the dark gray Genesis sport utility vehicle when it crashed at about 7:12 a.m. near the suburban communities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a written statement.

    "Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support," Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, said in a statement given to Golf Digest journalist Daniel Rapaport.

  • Alex Terrell

    PRAY FOR A RECOVERY

    The Masters have tweeted their support for Tiger Woods, with news of his crash, which will almost certainly ruin his hopes of equalling Jack Nicklaus' record of six victories in the near future.

    Tiger won his fifth green jacket in 2019 and had been hoping to go shoulder to shoulder with the Golden Bear after his stunning win two years ago.

    This year's tournament tees off on April 5.

  • Alex Terrell

    TIGER’S CAREER LOOKS TO BE OVER

    The golfing world will be praying the injuries Tiger Woods suffered in a car wreck are not life-threatening.

    But it is hard to believe they will not spell the end of his glittering career, writes golf correspondent DAVID FACEY.

    With Woods, 45, undergoing surgery for “multiple leg injuries”, you have to wonder how much more his battered body can make.

    He underwent a fifth operation of his fused back just last month, and admitted on Sunday he had no idea whether he would be fit to challenge for a sixth Masters title in April.

    Sadly, we now know that is definitely not going to happen.

    His legs already bear the scars of five more operations for knee problems – and surgery to repair a torn Achilles – and he has also sustained injuries to his calf, shoulder and neck.

    READ MORE OF DAVID FACEY’S VERDICT ON TIGER’S CAREER HERE

  • Patrick Knox

    WHEN DID TIGER WOODS LAST PLAY?

    The 15-time major champion last played Dec. 20 in the PNC Championship with his 11-year-old son, Charlie. 

    He had a fifth surgery on his back, a microdiscectomy, two days before Christmas and gave no indication when he would return. 

    The Masters is April 8-11 and when asked if he would be there during the CBS telecast, Woods replied, God, I hope so.

  • Alex Terrell

    'PRAYING FOR TW'

    Lindsey Vonn has tweeted her support for Tiger Woods after the golf champ's accident.

    The skiing star, 36, won Winter Olympic gold before she met Woods, following his ordeal with his divorce.

    The pair dated for three years before breaking up in 2015, and she later admitted they were still friends and support each other.

  • Patrick Knox

    THIRD TIME WOODS IN MAJOR CRASH

    The most notorious was the early morning after Thanksgiving in 2009, when his SUV ran over a fire hydrant and hit a tree. 

    Woods lost major corporate sponsorship, went to a rehabilitation clinic in Mississippi and did not return to golf for five months.

    In May 2017, Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a car parked awkwardly on the side of the road. 

    He was arrested on a DUI charge and said later he had an unexpected reaction to prescription medicine his back pain. 

    Woods later pleaded guilty to reckless driving and checked into a clinic to get help with prescription medication and a sleep disorder

  • Alex Terrell

    TIGER WAS UP AGAINST IT

    Tiger Woods was facing a fight for his Masters place before today’s crash, following another round of back surgery at the end of last year.

    The golf superstar, 45, has had a series of back issues over the last decade.

    He had been in a difficult interview with CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz on Sunday during the Genesis Invitational.

    Asked if he will be at the Masters in April, Tiger said: “God I hope so, I've got to get there first.

    "A lot of it is based on my surgeons, my doctors, my therapists, and making sure that I do it correctly because this is the only back I've got, so I don't know how much wiggle room we've left here.

    Asked if he planned to play a warm-up tournaments, he said:
    "I don't know what the plan is.

    “The plan is to just go and get an MRI scan and to see if we are healed and then we can start progressing."

    Now his entire career could be in tatters.

  • Patrick Knox

    WHY WAS TIGER WOODS IN LA WHEN HE CRASHED?

    Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, where he presented the trophy. 

    He was to spend yesterday and today filming with Discovery-owned GOLFTV, with whom he has an endorsement contract. A tweet Monday showed him in a cart smiling with comedian David Spade.

    According to Golf Digest, also owned by Discovery, the TV shoot was on-course lessons to celebrities, such as Spade and Dwyane Wade. He did not play.

  • Alex Terrell

    GENESIS STATEMENT

    The car company has confirmed it was their motor, the GV80 that Tiger Woods crashed in.

    They said in a statement: "This morning, Genesis was saddened to learn that Tiger Woods had been in an accident in a GV80.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with Tiger and his family at this time."

    Tiger Woods was driving a Genesis GV80 similar to this one he was pictured next to earlier
    Genesis branding with 'Genesis Invitational' can clearly be seen on the side of the SUVCredit: AP:Associated Press

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