“It’s a steep grade where you can pick up substantial speed,” sheriff spokesman Michael White told local news reporters. “And he was headed downhill at the time.”
Police also suggested that Woods, who was wearing a seatbelt, was travelling at “greater than normal speed” when he appears to have lost control of the vehicle.
According to police, Woods rolled over “several times” after hitting the central reservation and careering across the road and down the embankment. No other cars were involved. There were no skidmarks or signs of braking on the road, police said.
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The car travelled several hundred feet, careering through trees at the side of the road and narrowly avoiding a telephone pole, a near-miss that police said greatly increased his chance of survival.
“It was very fortunate that Mr Woods was able to come out of this alive,” a spokesperson for LA County sheriff’s said.
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