Tiger Woods car crash: How was golf legend rescued? What are the jaws of life?


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Tiger Woods was reportedly injured after being involved in a major car collision. He was “extricated from the wreck” by the jaws of life on Tuesday morning, local police confirmed.

What is the jaws of life?

The jaws of life is a type of equipment that emergency services use to pry apart wreckage.

The apparatus provides enough of a space for people to get free of the wreckage.

It’s one of the most well-recognised tools for firefighters, in particular.

The jaws of life could remove an entire car roof in under two minutes.

A statement by the LA County Sheriffs read: “On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7.12am, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.

“The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage.

“The driver and sole occupant was identified as a PGA golfer, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods.

“Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.

“The traffic investigation is being conducted by investigators from LASD Lomita Station.”

Woods’s vehicle was the only car involved in the crash, which occurred at around 7.12am.

The golf hero suffered multiple leg injuries, and was rushed straight to hospital.

He’s now undergoing emergency surgery, with no further update on his condition.


Woods’s agent, Mark Steinberg, said: “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.”

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