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CHAMPION GOLFER TIGER WOODS WAS INJURED EARLY THIS MORNING at his home in Orlando, Florida, when his SUV that he was driving struck a fire hydrant and then careened into a tree. The accident took place around 2:25 am, but the Floriday Highway Patrol did not release the information until 2 pm this afternoon.
The FHP says:
Woods, 33, had pulled out of the driveway at his residence in the 6000 block of Deacon Circle. Woods was driving in a 2009 Cadillac SUV. ”As he began to drive on Deacon Circle, (Woods’) struck a fire hydrant,” FHP reported. The front of Wood’s vehicle “then struck a tree” located at a neighboring property.
They are also reporting the crash remains under investigation and that charges are pending. The FHP report indicates alcohol was not a factor in the crash. It also indicates “unknown” on whether a seat belt was used. 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.
It is also being reported that Woods was treated for facial lacerations and then released from Health Central Hospital in Ocoee. The hospital is expected to issue a press release at 4 pm this afternoon.
WESH-TV Ch. 2 Orlando has this early video report:
Update, 4 pm:
A statement from Woods’ publicist and Health Central Hospital called the accident “minor” and said Woods was “admitted, treated and released today in good condition.” Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn told CNN that local police arrived within two minutes of being notified. The golfer was taken to Health Central Hospital, where he was treated for facial lacerations and released, Bruhn said.