A Nevada sheriff’s report obtained by CNN showed that Jeremy Renner was indeed trying to save his nephew when he was involved in a New Year’s Day snowplow accident that nearly cost him his life. The Hawkeye actor was trying to stop his snow plow tractor from sliding and hitting his nephew when he was pulled under the vehicle and crushed.
Renner told investigators he was using his snowcat vehicle to pull his nephew’s truck out of the snow when the snowplow suddenly began to slide sideways. The actor then exited the vehicle to try to stop the machine.
“Once he was away from the Pistenbully, he realized it was heading straight for (his nephew),” the report reads. “He feared that Pistenbully would hit (his nephew), so he decided to try to stop or redirect Pistenbully.”
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To get back into the snowplow’s cab, Renner had to climb up its moving tracks. The report notes that the moment he tried to climb up, he was “immediately pulled under the left siding.” It is also important to note that the parking brake on the snowcat was not engaged.
“Although the Pistenbully had some mechanical issues, it is believed based on our mechanical inspection that the parking brake would prevent the Pistenbully from moving forward,” the report read. “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 report also stated that “mechanical problems may have been a factor in this accident” due to a brake indicator malfunction.
However, it was ultimately good news that Renner’s nephew was there as he was able to help the actor until help arrived. Renner was then airlifted to the hospital; he underwent at least two surgeries and was treated in the intensive care unit.
Renner has now returned to his home, but is still recovering from the accident. He took to Twitter to thank all his supporters for their love and support and revealed he broke “30 plus” bones during the incident.
Carson Burton is a freelance news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter at @carsonsburton.