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Officer: Woods was 'fortunate' to survive crash

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Tiger Woods was badly 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, officials said. He had to be pulled out through the windshield and was undergoing leg surgery. (Feb. 23)

Video Transcript

- Today at 7:12 in the morning, Alameda Sheriff's station received a call of a solo-vehicle collision in Hawthorne Boulevard, north of Palos Verdes Drive . We arrived on scene at 7:18 AM and discovered the solo-vehicle collision. The sole occupant was Tiger Woods. Deputies, at the time, they did not see any evidence of impairment or anything of concern.

Obviously the life saving measures, they had to be taken. The vehicle traveled several hundred feed from the center divider at the intersection, and rested on the West side of the road in the brush. Sustained major damage of vehicle, you've been seeing all the images of that. No skid marks, no breaking, so apparently the first contact was with the center median. And from there, then across into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there was several rollovers during that process.

CARLOS GONZALEZ: Unfortunately, Mr. Woods was not able to stand under his own power. Our partners at LA County Fire were able to extricate him from the vehicle, and they put him onto a backboard. When I arrived on scene, Mr. Woods was seated in the driver's seat. I made contact with him, and I ensured that he was able to speak to me. At that time, he seemed as though he was still calm and lucid.

I made the determination that it would be safer to wait for LA County Fire to help remove him instead of trying to remove him myself. I asked him what his name was. He told me his name was Tiger. At that moment I immediately recognized him. I asked him if he knew where he was, what time of day, just to make sure he was oriented. He seemed as though he was lucid and calm.

As mentioned by the Sheriff, that specific stretch of roadway is one of our trouble spots. Our locals in Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills Estates know that it's a hot-spot for traffic collisions, as well as speed. I will say that it's very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive.