The life-threatening injuries suffered this past New Year’s Day by famed actor Jeremy Renner when his 14,000-pound snowplow seemingly took place as a result of a heroic effort to save his nephew from harm.
As reported by an incident report from a sheriff’s office in Nevada, the tragic incident started as the 52-year-old Renner made use of his PistenBully snowcat to try and pull his nephew’s truck out of the driveway. Once the truck has been moved to the street, the snowplow started “sliding sideways,” and then “began to roll down the hill,” pushing Renner to leap out without putting on the emergency brake. But it was at that point that Renner spotted the snowplow that was careening for his nephew.
“He feared the Pistenbully was going to hit (his nephew), so he decided to attempt to stop or divert the Pistenbully,” the report states. Renner tried to enter the snowplow’s cab but in order to do so he had to climb onto its moving track. He was “immediately pulled under the left side track,” explained the report.
“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. 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 summarized.
A recording of the 911 call obtained by CNN saw a neighbor frantically making the call to 911, claiming that Renner had been “completely crushed under a large snowcat,” stating that “the right side of his chest … collapsed – upper torso is crushed.”
Throughout the 911 call, the female operator said, “I need the address of the emergency please,” read a report from the Daily Mail.
“I told you,” exclaimed the neighbor with an exasperated sigh.
“I know, I just need to verify it, what is the phone number that you’re calling from,” the female operator once again pressed, adding, “What is the phone you’re calling from, just in case we get disconnected.”
“Listen to me, you might want to get life line out here immediately,” the neighbors claimed, later stating, “He’s got a headwound as well. Can you give me an ETA?”
“It’s hard to give an ETA just because the snow on the mountain I don’t know how quick they’re able to go,” fired back the female operator.
“How’s he doing?” questioned the operator once again. “Shallow breath, a lot of pain; he’s conscious we have him covered in blankets, his heads covered; he’ll be drifting off,” came the quick response from the neighbor.
“Is he starting to kind of drift off into sleep?” posited the operator.
“Yeah,” the called responded.
It took well over 20 minutes for the first responders to make it to Renner because of the treacherous conditions on the road from heavy snowfall. He ended up being airlifted out via helicopter from his home in Reno, Nevada, to the only trauma center in the area, Renown Regional Medical Center.