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Tiger Woods car accident today: golfer freed with 'jaws of life' rescue tool

The golfer is reported to have been involved in a single-car accident and was hospitalised after being extracted from the vehicle.

Tiger Woods was involved in a car crash on Tuesday morning in LA County, according to officials in the US. The golfer was freed from the vehicle, a Genesis GV 80 SUV, using hydraulic rescue tools known as the 'Jaws of Life'.

According to Woods' agent Mark Steinberg, the golfer suffered multiple injuries to his legs and underwent surgery. The Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed Woods was transported to the hospital in a "serious condition" after being assisted out of the vehicle.

Tiger Woods freed from crashed car

The golfer was hospitalised after being freed from the crashed vehicle. No other vehicle was involved in the incident.

The LASD attended a “single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes,” according to officials. The vehicle itself suffered minor damage.

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

Cause of Woods' car crash not yet clear

So far it is not clear what caused the crash. The 45-year-old golfer is in the area for his Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riveria Country Club in Pacific Palisades.

'Jaws of Life' used in Tiger Woods car crash

According to officials, the emergency services responding to the crash involving Tiger Woods used 'Jaws of Life' rescue tools. These are hydraulic powered cutters/spreaders able to open a vehicle in order to extract victims in an accident. The 'Jaws of Life' brand of tools are a trademark of the Hurst Jaws of Life company.

The name 'Jaws of Life' was apparently coined by one of the developers of the hydraulic spreader, Mike Brick, after hearing people say the tool saved people from the jaws of death.