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UPDATE, February 24, 2021: This article, and its headline, originally claimed that the “jaws of life” tool was used to extricate Tiger Woods from his vehicle following the crash. This claim was based on an erroneous statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Later, officials clarified that the “jaws of life” tool was not, in fact, used.

“Earlier it was stated that the ‘jaws of life’ was utilized to extricate the person trapped. It was later determined by our personnel that a Halligan tool, which is used for prying, and an axe was also used to pry the person free from the vehicle,” LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, according to Snopes.

We have updated our headline and article accordingly:

Golf star Tiger Woods was injured Tuesday in a vehicle rollover in Los Angeles County, authorities said.

Woods had to be extricated from the vehicle with the “jaws of life” tools, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department initially said in a statement.

He was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

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Later, officials clarified that the “jaws of life” tool was not, in fact, used.

“Earlier it was stated that the Jaws of Life was utilized to extricate the person trapped. It was later determined by our personnel that a Halligan tool, which is used for prying, and an axe was also used to pry the person free from the vehicle,” LA County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, according to Snopes.

Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport said on Twitter that he had received a statement from Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg.

“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries,” Steinberg said. “He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”

The vehicle sustained major damage, the sheriff’s department said.

News helicopters over the scene of Woods’ accident showed a car on its side with the front end heavily damaged.

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Air bags appeared to be deployed.

The wreckage appeared to be just off the side of a road on a hillside.

Woods, whose first name is Eldrick, was the sole occupant of the vehicle, the sheriff’s department said.

The crash occurred shortly before 7:15 a.m. local time Tuesday, officials said.

A sheriff’s department spokeswoman said Woods’ representatives would address his injuries.

The Western Journal has reviewed this Associated Press story and may have altered it prior to publication to ensure that it meets our editorial standards.

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