Tiger Woods car accident news: Injuries sustained from SUV crash, live updates on condition in Los Angeles

Tiger Woods was seriously injured and hospitalized following a single-car rollover crash on Tuesday in Southern California. He was on the West Coast to complete hosting duties Genesis Invitational on Sunday, a tournament sponsored by his foundation.

As the Woods situation unfolds, CBS Sports will be here with live updates. Here's what we know so far.

  • Woods, 45, suffered significant injuries to his right leg, including "comminuted open fractures" to the lower leg and a shattered ankle. he was brought to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the top trauma hospital in Southern California.
  • Woods completed a long surgical procedure Tuesday night and is currently "awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room," according to his team.
  • It is unknown whether additional surgeries will be required for Woods. It was initially reported that he suffered injuries to both legs.
  • Woods' injuries were not considered life threatening at the crash site. He was conscious, lucid and alert when paramedics arrived. His status was declared serious but stable. 
  • Woods was extricated from a sports-utility vehicle through the windshield. The front end of the SUV was gone, but airbags deployed and the cabin was relatively unharmed.
  • One Los Angeles Sheriff's Department official deemed Woods "lucky to be alive," crediting the vehicle (2021 Genesis SUV) and Woods' decision to wear a seatbelt.
  • There was no evidence of driver impairment. Woods was the only person in the vehicle.
  • The SUV was reportedly traveling at a high speed when it crossed the center divider and rolled multiple times, a law enforcement source told the Times.

Woods has not played golf professionally since December 2020 when he underwent a fifth back surgery -- this procedure a follow-up to the spinal fusion surgery he underwent in 2017. On Sunday, he was vague with Jim Nantz on CBS during the Genesis Invitational broadcast regarding when he would return to golf, saying he needed to be cleared by his medical people before moving forward.

Check out the live updates below for more on the 15-time major champion's status following Tuesday's car crash. 

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We will be back at it early on Wednesday morning with updates both on the site and on CBSSportshq.com as well as a WGC preview via podcast later in the day.

February 24, 2021, 2:56 AM

What an insane day when having two broken legs and a shattered ankle is considered *good* news.

February 24, 2021, 2:54 AM

Looks like that's probably all on Tiger for today. I honestly don't know that he's out of surgery yet, though I suspect we will get further updates from his team on Wednesday.

February 24, 2021, 2:53 AM

according to the Los Angeles Times, Woods suffered a shattered ankle and two leg fractures

From one Masters champ to another.

February 23, 2021, 11:58 PM

as Kyle mentioned on HQ right now: nobody fills the Tiger void in golf. But you've got such a stronger top-to-bottom league right now on the PGA Tour that it's not going to be one person. It's going to take 10 golfers, or more, as we start to move forward in the sport

to summarize: crash at 7:12 a.m., neighbor near the crash called the police, police show up 16 minutes later, identify Woods and kept him calm until the fire department arrived to get him out of the car. no evidence of impairment.

the responding officer indicated that Woods was calm, had his seat belt on but was unable to stand on his own. the fire department showed up after and got him out through the windshield with a collar and backboard (caution for potential spinal injury) and splints for his legs.

Enlightening press conference, but there's still a ton of info that has yet to come out. Hopefully we get an update on Tiger's health later tonight.

February 23, 2021, 11:38 PM

Very fortunate that Mr. Woods is alive.

February 23, 2021, 11:29 PM

haunting comment from the responding officer, who says he's seen many accidents at this "hot spot" on the road, as he says Woods is lucky to be alive

LACSO says Tiger did not seem concerned about his injuries at the time, which is not uncommon in traumatic car wrecks like this one.

February 23, 2021, 11:27 PM

Woods was wearing a seat belt, according to the responding officer

"I kept Mr. Woods calm until LA Fire Dept. arrived," officer says he seemed lucid and calm.

"Mr. Woods was not able to stand under his own power."

February 23, 2021, 11:26 PM

"Mr. Woods was not able to stand," says the responding officer from the LACSD

Fire dept says anytime you're involved with a rollover with this level of damage that you're going to be in severe pain. Said it was serious but stable enough to get him to a trauma center and not somewhere closer. So that's good, all things considered.

February 23, 2021, 11:24 PM

Phil weighs in.

February 23, 2021, 11:20 PM

LACSO: Said interior was more or less intact which gave him cushion to survive what otherwise would have been a fatal crash.

February 23, 2021, 11:19 PM

PGA weighs in.

February 23, 2021, 11:19 PM

Tiger getting up was "not an option," according to the LACSO.

February 23, 2021, 11:18 PM

Tiger was able to communicate and was conscious. LACSO chief says, "I'll leave it at that."

February 23, 2021, 11:15 PM

A neighbor called 911 to alert the LACSO about the crash.

February 23, 2021, 11:14 PM

sounds like Tiger's manager (and family/team) don't plan on offering an update on Woods' status at this time

LACSO said no skid marks or breaking and the area where Woods crashed is prone to a lot of accidents.

February 23, 2021, 11:12 PM

Woods was taken from the vehicle with a collar and backboard for spinal precautions, along with the proper splints for both legs

Serious injuries to both legs is the report from the fire department.

February 23, 2021, 11:10 PM

Fire Department clears up the "jaws of life" confusion, noting that an ax and another extricating tool. Woods had serious injuries, but was conscious

LACSO: "No evidence of impairment, no effort to draw blood at the hospital."

February 23, 2021, 11:08 PM
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