Jeremy Renner was trying to stop his snow-removal tractor from sliding and hitting his nephew when he was pulled under the vehicle and crushed on New Year’s Day, an incident report from the Nevada sheriff’s office has confirmed.
The Avengers actor, who turned 52 in hospital, broke more than 30 bones in his body after using the snow-removal tractor to pull his grown nephew’s truck out of the snow.
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The parking brake was not engaged and would have stopped the snowcat vehicle, which runs on a track, as it started sliding sideways, according to the redacted Washoe County Sheriff’s Office report, filed Friday.
“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.
“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.”
The brake indicator light inside the snowcat’s cab was not functioning, and “mechanical issues may have been a factor in this accident,” the report also notes.
Following the incident, the nephew assisted Renner until medical help arrived on the scene.
Renner was airlifted to the hospital, where he stayed for more than two weeks, undergoing at least two surgeries and being treated in the intensive care unit, the report states.
Impairment was not believed to be a factor in the incident, the report also concludes.
The incident began on New Year’s Day, when Renner towed his nephew’s truck off the driveway after it had been stuck in snow, he told investigators on January 5 while hospitalised, according to the incident report.
After towing the truck into the street, the snowplough began “sliding sideways,” then “it began to roll down the hill,” Renner said.
At that point, Renner jumped out of the snowcat, he told investigators.
“Once he was off the PistenBully, he realised it was heading directly toward (his nephew).
“He feared the PistenBully was going to hit (his nephew), so he decided to attempt to stop or divert the PistenBully.”
To enter the snowplough’s cab, Renner had to climb onto its moving track and was “immediately pulled under the left side track,” the report notes.
A 911 log call obtained by CNN said Renner was “completely crushed under a large snowcat (vehicle)” and that he had “extreme (difficulty) breathing”.
It went on to read: “The right side of his chest is collapsed – upper torso is crushed.”
“The PistenBully rolled over him and continued down the road,” the report says. “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.”
‘These 30 plus broken bones will mend’
Renner, who plays superhero archer Hawkeye in the Marvel movie and TV “universe,” broke more than 30 bones in the incident, he has said.
The actor is expected to require further surgery to deal with his injuries and faces a long road to recovery.
He posted a photo on Instagram last week with a caption that read: “Morning workouts, resolutions all changed this particular new year’s …. Spawned from tragedy for my entire family, and quickly focused into uniting actionable love ❤️
“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.”
A friend of Renner’s recently told Radar Online that the Marvel actor’s injuries were “worse than anyone knows”.
But in a hopeful sign, Renner confirmed late last week that he was no longer in hospital and was continuing his recovery at home.
Responding to a tweet from the official account of his TV show The Mayor of Kingstown, he wrote: “Outside my brain fog in recovery, I was very excited to watch episode 201 with my family at home.”
His most recent update prompted an outpouring of love and support, including from some high-profile celebrity friends.
“You’re a champion mate! We love you,” Aussie actor and Marvel co-star Chris Hemsworth wrote.
“All our aloha,” added Jason Momoa.
Heidi Klum wrote: “Sending you love,” while actress Eiza Gonzalez added: “You got this, J.”
“Praying for u,” added singer Gwen Stefani.
Avengers co-star Chris Evans added: “That’s one tough mf’er. Has anyone even checked on the snowcat??? Sending so much love.”
Renner jokingly wrote back: “Love you brother … I did check on the snow cat, she needs fuel.”
– With CNN
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