Tiger Woods’s Car-Crash Injuries Cast Doubt On Future

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 21: Tiger Woods on hand at the trophy presentation ceremony after the final round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club on February 21, 2021 in Pacific Palisades, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)

 

 

Golf legend Tiger Woods was recovering in hospital on Wednesday after surgery for serious leg injuries sustained in a car crash that have raised fears for the 45-year-old’s career.

Law enforcement officials said the 15-time major champion, who has been plagued by injury in recent years, was lucky to survive the accident in which his car rolled several times.

Woods was driving alone in a Los Angeles suburb on a road notorious for fatal accidents when his SUV crashed on Tuesday morning, with firefighters and paramedics having to cut him out of the wreckage.

 

The vehicle driven (R bottom) by golfer Tiger Woods lies on its side in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on February 23, 2021, after a rollover accident.  (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

 

Woods, the sole occupant, was removed from the wreckage by firefighters and paramedics, and suffered “multiple leg injuries,” his agent said in a statement to US media. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

 

His representatives said in a statement on Woods’s Twitter account late Tuesday that the golfer, one of the greatest of all time, was “currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room.”

In the same statement, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center chief medical officer Anish Mahajan said Woods underwent surgery to repair “significant orthopedic injuries” to his lower right leg and ankle.

This included the insertion of a rod into his shin bone and the use of “a combination of screws and pins” to stabilize his foot and ankle, the statement read.

Woods recently underwent his fifth back operation and has had three procedures on his knee during a career that has also seen him bounce back from high-profile scandal in his personal life.

In 2019, he completed an astonishing comeback from four back operations between 2014 and 2017 to win the Masters, his first major title since 2008.

News of his latest injuries has cast doubt on Woods’s ability to compete at the top level again.

 

‘Hotspot’

“If he does come back to be a golfer again then I think that would be quite extraordinary,” six-time major winner Nick Faldo said Wednesday.

The Englishman added that he thought Woods would first have to focus on rebuilding his body and that playing competitively “is possibly a long way down the line.”

Faldo said Woods’s age made it even more difficult.

“It’s tough enough playing at 45 when you’re playing against kids that are 25,” Faldo told CBS.

“But after going through this, all we can do is pray for him and hope that he finds a way to rebuild himself.”

No other vehicles or passengers were involved in the crash, which occurred on a steep stretch of road known as an accident hotspot, where Woods was traveling at “a greater speed than normal,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday.

Woods did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the early-morning incident, he added.

Villanueva said investigators would determine if Woods may have been using a cell phone while driving or was otherwise distracted in any way.

“Apparently the first contact was with the center median, and from there (the car) crossed into the opposing lane of traffic, hit the curb, hit a tree, and there was several rollovers during that process,” said Villanueva.

He did not say what caused the crash.

The car ended up several hundred feet from the initial impact, lying on its side on a patch of grass some distance off the road, with its hood badly damaged.

Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first officer to arrive at the scene, said it was “very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive.”

Gonzalez found Woods trapped in his vehicle but conscious, appearing “calm and lucid” and able to identify himself to the deputy as “Tiger.”

“It is my understanding that he had serious injuries to both legs,” said Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby.

 

(FILES) In this file photo US golfer Tiger Woods smiles while speaking to the press at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland on June 24, 2014.(Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

 

‘Prayers’

Woods was in the Los Angeles area for his annual Genesis Invitational golf tournament at the Riviera Country Club, and was driving a courtesy car on the morning of the crash.

The crash happened near the hilly Palos Verdes peninsula, at the bottom of a stretch of road which has runaway truck ramps for drivers who lose control going downhill.

The section has become notorious for fatal accidents over the years.

News of the crash spread rapidly around the sports world and beyond, with figures inside and outside golf swift to send their best wishes.

“Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight — here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf,” said former US president Barack Obama.

Woods was one of the most revered athletes in the world when in November 2009, he smashed his car into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his luxury Florida home, sparking a series of scandalous revelations that doomed his marriage and put his game in freefall.

He later divorced from his Swedish wife Elin Nordegren after a cascade of women came forward to say they had affairs with the golfer, making him fodder for tabloids around the world.

In May 2017, he was arrested near his home for being asleep at the wheel of his car in a traffic lane. Woods said he had taken prescription drugs and pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

He is the winner of 82 US PGA titles, level with Sam Snead for the all-time record.

Woods remains three major victories shy of the benchmark of 18 set by Jack Nicklaus.

16 Killed In Ondo Car Crash

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

Sixteen people have been killed in a car accident in Ondo State.

The sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Ahmed Hassan, confirmed this to Channels Television on Saturday.

According to him, the incident occurred in Akungba-Akoko, after the brake of a truck failed and the vehicle rammed into shops in the market, killing and injuring many.

The truck was loaded with bags of rice.

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Officials of the FRSC who arrived at the scene shortly after the incident, said the bodies of the victims had to be removed from beneath the truck.

According to Hassan, eleven persons had died on the spot, while five others who were rushed to the hospital also died.

The remains of the deceased have been deposited at the mortuaries at the state specialist hospital, Ikare-Akoko, and the General Hospital in Iwaro-Oka.

Five Die As Two Vehicles Collide In Nasarawa

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Five persons have lost their lives after a fatal accident along the Akwanga/Lafia highway in Nasarawa state.

The head-on collision involved a Toyota Hilux truck belonging to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) Makurdi office and a commercial vehicle.

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Confirming the accident and number of casualties, the Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa state, Bola Longe said that the accident which occurred on Saturday morning was a collision between a Federal Government DPR truck with Reg. Number DPR 18B-19FG and a green Sharon Volkswagen with Reg. number: ABUJA KWL 820 AJ.

He added that the DPR vehicle was heading to Abuja before the incident happened and the injured persons are currently at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi receiving treatment.

Two Children Killed As Car Ploughs Into Nursery In Japan

Police remove vehicles from the scene after a car ploughed into a group of kindergarten children leaving at least four of them critically injured at a crossing in Otsu, Shiga prefecture on May 8, 2019. Police said the car veered onto the pavement after making “contact” with another larger vehicle that was turning at the junction. JIJI PRESS / AFP

 

A car ploughed into a group of kindergarten children in western Japan’s Shiga region on Wednesday, killing two toddlers and injuring others, with one still in critical condition, police said.

Police said the car veered onto the pavement after making “contact” with another larger vehicle that was turning at a junction in Otsu City.

The accident killed a girl and a boy, both two years old, a police spokesman told AFP.

“The (smaller) car rammed into a group of 13 nursery school children and three teachers who were walking on the pavement,” the police said in a statement.

A police spokesman said others in the group suffered injuries but declined to give further details. One remained in critical condition, a police spokesman told AFP.

There were no immediate details on the teachers.

The children and their teachers were on the pavement near a crossing when the small vehicle crashed into them.

Japanese nursery schools regularly take children to the local park for playtime or out on short excursions during the day.

“We’re very shocked and terribly saddened by this ghastly accident,” the company operating the nursery said in a statement on their Facebook page.

“We are truly sorry, thinking of the future of the children who passed away.”

Footage on local media in the aftermath of the accident showed one car had veered up off the road and onto the pavement. A second car that appeared to have been damaged in a crash could be seen still on the road.

Police said they had arrested the drivers of both cars – two women aged 52 and 62.

Brazil’s Copacabana Car Accident Kills Baby, Injures 17

An injured man is taken away by stretcher at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 18, 2018. At least 11 people were injured by a car that drove up onto Copacabana’s tourist-packed seafront promenade in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.
PHOTO: CARL DE SOUZA / AFP

A car ploughed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro’s tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade on Thursday, killing a baby and injuring 17 people, authorities said, with the driver telling investigators he suffered a seizure.

The black car, its windshield shattered and the front caved in, came to rest on the beach where some of the injured were frantically being treated.

The Rio de Janeiro health secretariat told AFP that a nine-month-old baby girl was killed and 17 people injured in the crash.

The driver “lost control of his vehicle, which went up on the sidewalk of the promenade” and was taken for questioning, police said.

“The driver explained at the police station that he had an epileptic seizure, and anti-epileptic drugs were found in his vehicle,” a military police colonel told AFP.

The early-evening incident happened while many people including tourists were enjoying the long promenade during the summer holidays.

Witnesses described chaotic scenes with badly injured victims waiting in agony for treatment.

“There was an injured child, I think he had a broken leg,” Roberto Miguel, who works at a beachside restaurant, told AFP. “One man passed out too, another man had a broken leg and there was also a woman with a leg covered in blood.”

Miguel said an angry crowd gathered around the car.

“He (the driver) stayed in the car until the police arrived and when he got out he was safe and fine,” he said.

Cristo Forfinol, another beachside restaurant employee, said many injured victims had long waits to be treated, despite the crash occurring at one of Rio’s star attractions.

“What shocked me was that the ambulances and the medics arrived more than 45 minutes later. There were people and children in pain and the rescue services came really late,” he told AFP.

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Kogi Governor Involved In Ghastly Car Crash

The Kogi state Governor, Idris Wada was on Friday seriously injured in an auto crash.

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

The governor was initially rushed to the Emergency Ward of the Kogi State Specialist Hospital in Lokoja after the accident, which occurred on the bad Lokoja – Ajaokuta expressway, around Salem University.

Mr Wada and his convoy were returning from an official assignment and were close to Lokoja, the state capital before the accident occurred.

The governor’s Aide-de-Camp (ADC) died instantly at the scene of the accident.