Tiger Woods ‘calm and lucid’ following crash, ‘very fortunate’ to be alive

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Tiger Woods was “calm and lucid” when Los Angeles fire officials pulled him from the mangled remains of a luxury SUV on Tuesday — and is “very fortunate” to be alive following a roll-over crash, officials said. 

“I’ve seen many collisions, the nature of his vehicle and the fact that he was wearing a seatbelt, I would say that it greatly increased the likelihood that it saved his life,” Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, who initially responded to the scene before paramedics arrived, told reporters during an afternoon briefing.

“It was very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive…. I think this also kind of speaks to the marvel of modern automobiles and they are much safer than they’ve ever been previously.” 

Gonzalez, who handles traffic accidents for the department, said when he got to the scene, Woods was buckled into the driver’s seat of his Genesis GV80 and seemingly unconcerned with his injuries. 

“He seemed as though he was still calm and lucid. I spoke to him, I tried to keep him calm,” Gonzalez recounted. 

“I asked him what his name was, he told me his name was Tiger and at that moment I immediately recognized him.”

The cop realized that Woods was stable and waited for paramedics and EMS officials from the Los Angeles Fire Department to respond to the scene instead of trying to extricate him himself. 

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