Actor Jeremy Renner was crushed by his snowplow after he tried to save his nephew from being injured by the vehicle, according to reports.
The incident took place on New Year’s Day, when Renner towed his nephew’s truck out of the snow.
Speaking with investigators from his hospital bed on Jan. 5, the “Avengers” star explained that, after towing the truck from his driveway into the street, the snowplow began “sliding sideways” then “it began to roll down the hill,” according to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office report cited by CNN. It was at that point that Renner jumped out of the machine known as a PistenBully.
“Once he was off the PistenBully, he realized it was heading directly toward [his nephew],” the report reads. “He feared the PistenBully was going to hit [his nephew], so he decided to attempt to stop or divert the PistenBully.”
Renner tried to enter the snowplow’s cab by climbing onto its moving track and was “immediately pulled under the left side track,” the report noted.
“The PistenBully rolled over him and continued down the road,” it further stated. “He laid on the ground and focused on his breathing while [his nephew and others] rendered aid to him until medical personnel arrived on scene.”
According to the report, the snowplow “began sliding causing Renner to exit the vehicle without setting the emergency brake.”
“Although the PistenBully had some mechanical issues, it is believed based on our mechanical inspection that the parking brake would keep the Pistenbully from moving forward,” the report stated. “When Renner attempted to stop or divert the PistenBully to avoid injury to [his nephew], he was pulled under the vehicle by the track and run over.”
Renner was airlifted to the hospital, where he remained for two weeks while undergoing at least two surgeries and receiving treatment in the intensive care unit. Shortly after his release, the actor revealed that he had broken over 30 bones in the incident.
“Morning workouts, resolutions all changed this particular new years …. Spawned from tragedy for my entire family, and quickly focused into uniting actionable love,” he wrote in an Instagram post last week. “I want to thank everyone for their messages and thoughtfulness for my family and I …. Much love and appreciation to you all. These 30 plus broken bones will mend, grow stronger, just like the love and bond with family and friends deepens. Love and blessings to you all.”
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