Golf legend Tiger Woods was seriously injured Tuesday in a one-car accident that called for a Jaws of Life rescue in Southern California, authorities said.
Woods’ vehicle was going north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse road, on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, at about 7:12 a.m. PST when it crashed and sustained “major damage,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
He was the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, the sheriff said, adding that Woods was extracted with the Jaws of Life, a tool used to pry open vehicles, and rushed to a hospital.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told NBC News on Tuesday afternoon that Woods was in surgery for multiple leg injuries.
Images of the crash scene showed the sports utility vehicle on its side with the front end almost totally smashed apart.
Woods also crashed his car just a few days after Thanksgiving 2009 in Florida. The accident inadvertently revealed a bitter marital dispute with then-wife Elin Nordegren, as a host of women came forward to admit to having extra-marital affairs with the famed golfer.
Woods hasn’t played in a tournament this year and is recovering from back surgery in December, his fifth such operation.
An HBO documentary last month chronicled Woods’ meteoric rise and public shaming in 2009 and 2010.
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Rex Hoggard contributed.