Tiger Woods 'awake, responsive, and recovering' after surgery for serious car crash injuries

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We continue to learn more about the car crash that golf icon Tiger Woods was involved in Tuesday morning.

According to a statement posted to his Twitter account, Woods is "awake, responsive and recovering" from surgical procedures on his lower body. The operations included inserting a rod into the tibia to stabilize fractured bones, inserting screws and pins in the foot and ankle, and the surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Woods' injuries from the accident included a shattered ankle and two leg fractures, one of which was compound. Earlier, a lieutenant had told CBSN LA that Woods' injuries were believed to be "non life-threatening." Still, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that Woods was "lucky to be alive" following the accident.

Villanueva says that when responders reached the scene, Woods was conscious, adding that there was no reason to believe that Woods was impaired.

Woods was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard when he crashed his car in a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision. The initial statement from Los Angeles County Sheriffs said that the "jaws of life" were used to free Woods from the wreck, but the LA fire captain clarified that hand tools were used.

He was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He went into surgery shortly after, according to his agent Mark Steinberg.

The PGA released a statement regarding the crash.

According to ESPN anchor Michael Eaves, the lane Woods was driving on is notorious for speeding and has a steep decline.

MSNBC also had footage of the car after the wreck.

Golf Digest reported that the 45-year-old was in California for a two-day content shoot with the publication after serving as host of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational over the weekend.

Per ESPN's Shelley Smith, Woods was en route to do a shoot with Drew Brees and Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert and concern began to grow when he did not show up and was not answering his phone.

Pictures on social media showed Woods at Rolling Hills Country Club on Monday with Dwayne Wade and David Spade.

Woods has not played in any PGA Tour events this year after undergoing back surgery at the end of December. He told Jim Nantz of CBS on Sunday that he was still awaiting the results of an MRI before he could determine when he could play again.

This is a developing story. Please check back for more details.

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