Actor Jeremey Renner was trying to stop his snow plow from striking his nephew when he was pulled under the vehicle and crushed on New Year’s Day, police said.
The Pistenbully snow groomer started to slide sideways shortly after the “Hawkeye” actor used it to free his nephew’s truck from a snowbank just outside Reno, Nevada, according to a redacted Washoe County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by CNN.
When he could not stop the plow, 52-year-old Renner, leapt from the vehicle without engaging the emergency break.
“Once he was off the Pistenbully, he realized it was heading directly toward (his nephew),” the report reads. “He feared the Pistenbully was going to hit (his nephew), so he decided to attempt to stop or divert the Pistenbully.”
Renner was pulled beneath the vehicle and run over amid his heroic efforts, according to the report. He was airlifted to the hospital and treated for more than 30 broken bones.
“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,” police said.
The report also revealed that the brake indicator light inside the vehicle’s cab was not working and noted that “mechanical issues may have been a factor in this accident.”
Earlier this week, Renner took to Instagram to thank everyone for their love and support.
“I want to thank EVERYONE for their messages and thoughtfulness for my family and I …. Much love and appreciation to you all,” he wrote. “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.”