Actor Jeremy Renner was trying to save his nephew when his snowplow skidded when it was dragged under water and crushed on New Year’s Day in Nevada.
The 14,000-pound PistenBully snowcat vehicle began sliding sideways after the 52-year-old Avengers star used it to pull his adult nephew’s truck out of the snow.
The huge vehicle, which runs on rails, completely rolled over the Hollywood star, leaving him with 30 broken bones and continuing down the street.
The parking brake on the plow was not engaged and would have stopped the horrific accident, according to a redacted incident report from the Nevada Sheriff’s Office.
Actor Jeremy Renner was trying to save his nephew when his snowplow skidded when it was dragged under water and crushed on New Year’s Day in Nevada
“The snowcat snow cat began to skid, causing Renner to exit the vehicle without applying the emergency brake,” the report said, according to CNN, which obtained the report through a public filing request.
“Although the snow groomer had some mechanical problems, based on our mechanical inspection it is believed that the parking brake would prevent the snow groomer from moving forward. When Renner tried to stop or reverse the snow groomer to avoid injuring (his nephew), he was pulled off the track under the vehicle and rolled over.”
CNN said the report suggests that “mechanical problems may have been a factor in this accident,” noting that the brake indicator light in the plow’s cab was not working.
Renner’s nephew was able to help the actor until rescue workers arrived at the scene, the report said. He was flown to the hospital, where he was held for more than two weeks and underwent at least two surgeries.
The 14,000-pound PistenBully snowcat vehicle (pictured) began sliding sideways after the 52-year-old Avengers star used it to pull his adult nephew’s truck out of the snow
Renner’s nephew was able to help the actor until emergency services arrived at the scene, the report said. He was flown to the hospital, where he was held for more than two weeks and underwent at least two surgeries
According to the report, which describes the accident in as much detail as possible, Renner told investigators Jan. 5 at the hospital that the incident began to unfold after he towed his nephew’s truck off his driveway.
He towed the truck, which got stuck in the snow after unusually heavy snowfall in the area, onto the road.
That’s when the snowplow “began to slide sideways,” he told investigators, and at that point it began rolling down the hill.
According to the report, Renner jumped out of the plow’s cab, but quickly realized the vehicle was on course to hit his nephew head-on.
“He was afraid the snow groomer would hit (his nephew), so he decided to try to stop or distract the snow groomer,” the report said, according to CNN.
To get back into the cabin, Renner had to climb onto the moving rails. He was “immediately pulled under the left siding,” according to the report.
In a 911 call, also obtained by CNN, the caller is heard saying that the actor was “completely crushed under a large snowcat.”
The 52-year-old was flown to the hospital after an accident. Pictured: Video showing a rescue helicopter taking off from the driveway on January 1st
A neighbor who made the call says Renner was having trouble breathing and was slowly falling asleep. The 911 attendant can be heard telling the caller to be kept awake.
The neighbor explains they wrapped him in blankets, but says, “The right side of his chest … collapsed — the upper body was crushed.”
In separate audio released to TMZ last week, Renner can be heard moaning repeatedly in the background of 911 calls as the neighbor, who remained unnamed, explained his injuries.
Friends and family close to the ‘Bourne Legacy’ star said he ‘almost died’ waiting for help and it could take up to ‘two years’ to recover from blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries have.
In the audio clip, the unidentified neighbor can be heard telling Renner repeatedly to “lie still” while the 911 operator questions him.
“I need the address of the emergency, please,” the operator can be heard saying to the male caller.
“I told you so,” says the male caller, frustrated, while Renner continues to moan in pain in the background.
“I know I just need to verify what phone number you’re calling from,” the operator said.
“Someone was run over by a snow groomer straight away, hurry up,” he can be heard saying.
“What phone are you calling from in case the connection goes down,” she says.
“Tell me exactly what happened,” she is heard saying. The neighbor replied: “I don’t know, someone is in front of my house and got run over by a snow groomer. He has been devastated.”
“Call paramedic, ambulance,” he said, and was cut off by the operator, who said, “Everyone’s on their way.”
A pause in the phone call gives way to a gurgling moan from Renner, who friends said almost “bled to death” during the incident.
“Listen to me, you might want to get a lifeline here right away,” the audibly desperate neighbors say.
“Okay, give me a second,” the operator says, before asking “where is he bleeding from.”
The star underwent two surgeries to place metal pins around his legs, along with chest surgery after being left in critical condition after the horror accident
“I don’t know, I can’t tell,” the neighbor says, before explaining that Renner is crushed on his right side in the chest and torso, adding that his “ribs may be crushed.”
‘He also has a head wound. Can you give me an estimated time of arrival?’ he can be heard in the recorded 911 call.
“It’s hard to give an ETA just because of the snow on the mountain I don’t know how fast they can go,” the operator said when the neighbor explained that his breath was getting short.
‘How is she doing?’ you hear them ask. “Shallow breathing, a lot of pain, he’s aware we’ve covered him with blankets, his heads are covered, he’s going to fall asleep.”
‘Is he starting to sleep?’ she asks, to which the neighbor replies “yes.”
The audio makes it clear the 52-year-old required life-saving equipment and has been screaming in pain for over 15 minutes.
Renner was later flown to the hospital from a snow-covered private road.
The footage shows the emergency helicopter taking off from the winter landscape and disappearing behind snow-capped mountains.
Renner’s condition has been described as far more serious than previously reported by sources close to the American actor.
At the time, Renner officials said he had sustained blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries and was in critical but stable condition following surgery.
The actor is reportedly aware he has a long road to recovery ahead of him, and friends say it could be up to two years before he’s back in fighting shape.
Last week, the actor shared a photo of his physical therapy session.
In the photo, he was seen with his hands clasped over his stomach and his head tilted against the pillows of his hospital bed while a physical therapist bent his knee.
The star’s bed was positioned next to floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the Marvel actor a lovely view to enjoy while he continued to recover.
On Saturday, the actor remained hopeful that his broken bones in his 30s will heal and grow stronger as love and bonds with family and friends deepen.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11674971/Hero-Jeremy-Renner-trying-save-nephew-hit-14-000lb-plow-report-says.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Hero Jeremy Renner tried to save his nephew from being hit by his 14,000-pound plow, the report said