On Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy Renner posted a photo of himself on Instagram in a hospital bed with facial bruises. The caption read: “Thank you all for your kind words, Im too messed up now to type. But I send love to you all.”
The actor is currently in intensive care and remains in critical condition after it was revealed he was run over by a 14,330lb (6,500kg) snowplow on Sunday, New Year’s Day.
He was airlifted to the hospital from his home near Reno, Nevada where he underwent surgery for blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries.
It’s been reported that Renner was clearing a road using his personal snow plow after a heavy snowstorm had hit the US.
Northern Nevada has experienced many heavy snowstorms in recent weeks, with more than 10,000 Washoe country residents losing power on New Year’s Eve as well as hundreds of roads being closed in the area and in the neighboring state of California.
On Tuesday, Washoe Country Sheriff, Darin Balaam said at a press conference that during the police investigation, it was discovered that Renner was knocked down by the snow plow while trying to free his car that had been stuck in the snow.
Sherif Balaam said the incident happened while Renner was being “a great neighbor” and helping dig out roads in his community by using his PistenBully snow plow.
He said: “After successfully towing his vehicle, Mr Renner got out of the PistenBully to speak to a family member,
“At this point, it started to roll. In an effort to stop it, he attempted to get back into the driver’s seat…and he is run over by the PistenBully.
“An eyewitness said he saw Renner get in… and didn’t see him again until he came to rest in a pile of snow at the bottom of his driveway.”
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Samantha Mast, a representative for the actor, said in a statement that the actor was currently in “critical but stable condition”.
She said: “Jeremy’s family would like to express their gratitude to the incredible doctors and nurses looking after him, Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, Washoe County Sheriff, Reno City Mayor Hillary Schieve and the Carano and Murdock families.
“They are also tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans.”