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Here's what we know about Tiger Woods' car accident and injuries

February 24, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A damaged car is lying in the hill side in the Rancho Palos Verdes section of Los Angeles, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Tiger Woods suffered compound fractures in his legs.

(CNN)The world held its breath Tuesday awaiting news of Tiger Woods' condition after the golf legend suffered serious injuries in a rollover crash near Los Angeles.

Woods, 45, was conscious and alert when emergency responders pulled him from his vehicle, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

Traffic investigators could take days or weeks to determine cause of the crash as they investigate whether speed, fatigue or operator error were factors, or whether Woods struck something in the road, causing him to lose control, Lt. Michael White with the LA County Sheriff's Office told CNN affiliate KCAL/KCBS.

Woods needed to be extricated from his vehicle by a rescue crew using a pry bar and ax, according to LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby.

Woods was driving downhill on a winding road, in an area known as a trouble spot for speeding and accidents, Villanueva and Sheriff's Deputy Carlos Gonzalez said.

Asked at the news conference whether Woods may have been on the phone at the time, Villanueva said investigators will have to ascertain whether distracted driving played a role.

Woods was taken by ambulance to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the LA County Fire Department.

Woods suffered compound fractures in his legs, a source told CNN.

Osby said Woods' legs were splinted on the scene.

Gonzalez, the first responder at the scene, said he kept Woods talking until the fire crews arrived.

Woods was driving a 2021 Genesis SUV.

Woods was wearing a seat belt, Gonzalez said.

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