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Tiger Woods 'recovering' in hospital after serious car crash

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Ryan Kang/AP

USA

Golfer Tiger Woods was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday after suffering multiple injuries when he crashed his SUV on sweeping, downhill road in the Los Angels suburbs.

Woods, 45, was driving to a television shoot when his car crashed into a median, rolled over and ended up on its side near a steep road known for wrecks, authorities said.

Golf’s biggest star had to be pulled out through the windshield.

Woods’ foundation said in a statement he was awake, responsive and recovering in the hospital.

Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said Woods shattered the tibia and fibula bones of his lower right leg in multiple locations.

Those injuries were stabilised with a rod in the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones in the foot and ankle required screws and pins, Mahajan said in a statement released on Woods’ Twitter account late Tuesday night.

The lengthy surgery also reduced swelling. Woods was awake and recovering in his hospital room, the statement said.

No charges were filed, police said there was no evidence he was impaired and no one else was injured.

It was the 10th surgery for Woods, who has suffered knee, back and neck problems for more than a decade.

Woods was alone in the SUV when it crashed into a raised median, crossed two oncoming lanes and rolled several times, authorities said at a news conference.

The crash happened about 7:15 a.m. on a sweeping, downhill stretch of a two-lane road through upscale suburbs.

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