Tiger Woods is ‘lucky to be alive’ after ‘leg fractures and shattered ankle’

Tiger Woods was rushed for emergency surgery after reportedly suffering two leg fractures and shattering his ankle in a car crash.

The golfing legend endured serious injuries in a horror crash after his car hit a curb and tree before rolling over several times on a hillside, police say.

The LA Times say the star shattered an ankle and is being treated for two leg fractures, one of which is compound, according to a source.

The 45-year-old was conscious and stable at the scene, after fire and police crews rushed to the incident around 7.15am local time in LA.

Due to his vehicle rolling over, it was considered a trauma-level injury and was rushed to the nearest trauma centre.

His agent, Mark Steinberg, said the golfer "suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support."

LA County Sheriff's Deputy Carlos Gonzalez arrived at the scene first.

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

"I spoke to him. I asked him what his name was. He told me his name was Tiger, and at that moment, I immediately recognised him."

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Photos from the scene show Tiger's car lying about 30 yards off the road, on its side.

Police also told reporters that they believe the vehicle was travelling at "greater speed than normal" and there were no skidmarks on the road.

LA County Sheriff Rancho Palos Verdes said the dad-of-two was "lucky to be alive".

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Police initially said 'jaws of life' specialist equipment was used to free the star, but fire crews later claimed they accessed the star through the windshield.

Authorities are investigating the incident, and say Tiger was not under the influence of alcohol or narcotics at the time of the crash.

He was driving downhill before the accident at a "traffic hotspot for collisions".

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  • No other vehicles were involved in the crash but police are looking into whether other drivers were on the road at the time.

    The icon's car rolled off the road several times in Rancho Palos Verdes and his injuries are deemed non life-threatening.

    Officers say he was also wearing a seatbelt and the car smashed into a sign before rolling over.

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