ORLANDO, Fla. — Professional golfer Tiger Woods sustained facial lacerations in a car accident early this morning outside the driveway of his Isleworth home, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Woods, 33, pulled out of his driveway about 2:25 a.m. EST when he struck a fire hydrant and drove into a tree at his neighbor’s property, FHP reported.
A local police chief in Florida says Tiger Woods’ wife used a golf club to smash out the back window and helped get the golfer out of the car.
Windermere Police Chief Daniel Saylor told The Associated Press today that Elin Nordegren told officers she was in the house when she heard the accident and came outside. Saylor says officers found Woods laying in the street with his wife hovering over him.
Saylor says Woods was in and out of consciousness when his officers arrived.
Saylor says Woods had cuts on his lips and blood in his mouth. He says his officers gave him first aid until fire rescue came about 10 minutes later.
Woods was transported to Health Central Hospital in Ocoee in serious condition, FHP said.
Officials close to the accident investigation told the Orlando Sentinel that Woods received facial lacerations. Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn told CNN that the golfer, who is No. 1 in the world rankings, had facial cuts in a minor accident.
Woods was treated at Health Central early this morning and released.
FHP spokesman Jorge Delahoz said patients’ conditions are always classified as “serious” if they are transported to a hospital.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told USA Today that Woods was fine following the accident.
FHP said alcohol is not considered a factor in the accident, and it is unknown whether he was wearing a seat belt.
The crash is under investigation, and charges are pending.
“When I first heard about it, my heart jumped a beat. But then I googled it and found a story and it sounds like he’s OK,” veteran PGA Tour golfer Mark Wilson said. “Knowing him, he was probably leaving for an early morning workout.”
Inside the gated Isleworth community, a security guard was standing post outside the front of Woods’ $2.4 million home. A woman who answered the door at the home at mid-afternoon declined to answer questions from the Sentinel.
A black Cadillac SUV was sitting in the driveway. FHP said Woods was driving a black Cadillac SUV at the time of the crash.
There were almost no signs of an accident at Woods’ home and his next door neighbor’s.
An orange-and-white street barricade sat on Woods’ front lawn atop a newly dug hole, presumably where the fire hydrant previously sat.
About 10 feet away, a foot-long tire mark was visible in the neighbor’s yard near a tree with freshly damaged bark. That oak tree had a few scuff marks on its trunk but was largely undamaged.
The airbags in Woods’ Cadillac Escalade did not deploy, which means the vehicle was traveling under 33 mph, according to FHP.
Orange County Fire Rescue received the call for aid at 2:28 a.m. Woods was transported from his Windermere-area neighborhood by the hospital’s own ambulance.
According to his official Web site, TigerWoods.com, he is in the middle of a two-week break in tournament play. Woods next tournament is Dec. 3-6 at the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
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