Tiger Woods suffers leg injuries in car accident, in surgery

The star golfer was taken to a California hospital after rolling is car in an accident this morning

Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident in California on Tuesday morning and was undergoing surgery for "multiple leg injuries." (Ryan Kang / AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES — Golf star Tiger Woods was injured Tuesday in a vehicle rollover in Los Angeles County, authorities said, and taken to a California hospital.

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

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

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

A KABC-TV helicopter over the scene of Woods’ accident showed a car on its side with the front end heavily damaged. 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. Tuesday, officials said.