RENO, Nev. (KABC)– Actor Jeremy Renner was run over by his own 14,000-pound snowplow while trying to help a family member who was stuck on the road after a severe winter storm in the mountains near Reno, officials said Tuesday.
The 51-year-old “Avengers” star was seriously injured in the accident, suffering blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries and remains in intensive care following surgery.
He spoke for the first time on Tuesday afternoon.
Renner posted a hospital bed photo Instagram with the headline:
“Thank you all for your kind words. I’m too confused to type now. But I send you all my love.”
Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said there was no indication Renner was disabled during the incident, which he described as a “tragic accident.” Investigators examine the snowplow to see if it had a mechanical failure at the time.
Jeremy Renner did not have surgery after suffering chest trauma and orthopedic injuries in a snowplow accident
Balaam detailed what investigators have found so far:
The accident happened on New Year’s Day, the morning after up to three feet of snow fell in the mountains in the Reno area.
A family member of Renner’s was driving the actor’s private vehicle on Sunday morning and got stuck in snow on a road near his home.
The streets in this neighborhood are private and not cleared by the county. More than a dozen cars had been abandoned on the road when unable to move through the snow.
Renner brought his personal PistenBully snow groomer to clear the road and set the vehicle in motion. After towing the vehicle, he got out of the plow to talk to his family member and the snowplow rolled forward, Balaam said.
Renner tried to jump back into the cab to stop the plow but was run over instead. The 14,330-pound PistenBully didn’t stop until it came to a stop in a pile of snow.
A witness called 911 at 8:55 a.m
Balaam said due to the weather and road conditions — including abandoned cars blocking the road — first responders were not able to reach the scene until 9:30 a.m. A short time later, a helicopter landed in the area and Renner was flown to a nearby hospital until 9:56 am
Renner is well known in the Reno community and has been involved in a number of charitable causes, local officials say.
“He’s always helping others,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve told the Reno Gazette-Journal Monday night.
Schieve said she and the actor are friends and that she was called about the accident shortly after the crash Sunday morning near the Mt. Rose Highway that connects Reno to Lake Tahoe.
Balaam said Renner is a volunteer deputy sheriff and often participates in the department’s Shop with a Sheriff program, which helps local children.
“They know exactly who he is and call him Hawkeye,” the sheriff said of the children. “You’re super excited.”
He also often helps plow roads for his neighbors in the area, he added.
Renner plays Hawkeye, a live-shooting member of the superhero Avengers squad in Marvel’s expansive film and television universe.
A two-time Academy Award nominee for acting, he received back-to-back nominations for The Hurt Locker and The Town. Renner’s portrayal of a bomb disposal specialist in Iraq in 2009’s The Hurt Locker helped establish him as a household name.
2012’s The Avengers cemented him as part of Marvel’s grand ambitions as a storyteller, as his character appeared in multiple sequels and earned his own Disney+ series, Hawkeye.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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