RENO, Nevada – Actor Jeremy Renner was trying to stop his snow plow tractor from sliding and hitting his adult nephew when he was dragged under a car and crushed on New Year’s Day, according to a Nevada Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The parking lever was not engaged and would have stopped the tractor moving down the track as it began to slide sideways after the 52-year-old Avengers star used it from the snow to pull his nephew’s truck out. redacted Washoe County Sheriff’s Office report filed Friday.
“Pistenbully’s tailgate began to slide, causing Renner to exit the vehicle without engaging the emergency brake,” concluded the report, obtained Tuesday by CNN through a public records request.
“Although the Pistenbully has had some mechanical issues, based on our mechanical review it is believed that the parking brake is preventing the Pistenbully from moving forward. When Renner tried to stop or move Pistenbully away to avoid injury (to his nephew), he was pulled over. under the car by the highway and run over it.”
The cockpit brake indicator was not working and “mechanical problems may have been a factor in this accident,” the report also noted.
The nephew was able to help Renner until help arrived, the report said. Renner was airlifted to a hospital, where he spent more than two weeks, underwent at least two surgeries and was treated in the intensive care unit.
Impairment is not believed to be a factor in the incident, the report also said. CNN has reached out to Renner’s representatives for comment.
The actor was pulled under a moving track, the report says
The incident began on New Year’s Day when Renner towed his nephew’s truck from the actor’s driveway after it got stuck in the snow.
After the truck was towed outside, the snowplow began “sliding sideways,” then “it started rolling down the slope,” Renner said. At that point, Renner jumped out of the radio, he told investigators.
“When he got out of Pistenbully, he realized he was heading straight for (his nephew),” the report said. “He was afraid Pistenbully was going to hit (his nephew), so he decided to try to stop or lead Pistenbully away.”
To enter the cab of the snowplow, Renner had to climb onto its moving track and was “immediately pulled under the left side track,” the report noted.
Renner was “completely crushed by the large ratrak (vehicle)” and had “very labored breathing,” with “the right side of his chest … collapsed — upper torso crushed,” the 911 call log obtained by CNN said.
“Pistenbully flipped over him and continued down the road,” the report said. “He laid on the ground and focused on his breathing while (his nephew and others) treated him until paramedics arrived on the scene.”
Renner, who plays superhero archer Hawkeye in the Marvel film and TV series Universe, more than 30 bones were broken as a result of the incidenthe said.
He posted the photo on Instagram last week with a caption that read: “Morning workouts, resolutions – all made a difference this particular new year….Sparked by tragedy for my entire family and quickly focused on uniting love that works. I want to thank ALL of them messages and attention to my family and I… Much love and gratitude to all of you. These 30 plus broken bones will heal, become stronger, just as the love and connection with family and friends deepens. Love and blessings to you all “.
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‘Avengers’ star Jeremy Renner was crushed by a snowplow as he tried to save his nephew from injury, sheriff’s report says
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