Jeremy Renner has posted a photo from hospital of himself in recovery following the New Year’s Day snow-plowing accident near his home in Reno which saw him suffering chest trauma and orthopedic injuries.
Just minutes later, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office gave a press conference revealing further information about the incident and said: “we do not believe Mr. Renner was impaired at all, and we believe this is a tragic accident.”
Balaam noted severe winter weather in the area, with as much as three feet of new snow falling the night before. Renner used his Sno-Cat, a PistenBully, to free a vehicle driven by a family member that was stuck in the snow near his home.
Upon completion, Balaam says the actor got out of the Sno-Cat to talk to the family member, at which time the 14,300 lbs. machine started to slide forward. Renner attempted to stop it when the accident occurred. Neighbors rushed to help and he was airlifted to hospital.
Balaam makes it clear that: “We don’t suspect any foul play.” The police have taken possession of the PistenBully which is being inspected for potential mechanical failure and other issues.
Balaam adds that Renner is an honorary Washoe County Deputy Sheriff and has “made a tremendous impact on this community” which includes having cleared roads in the past.
Renner will next be seen in the second season of Taylor Sheridan’s “Mayor of Kingstown” series on Paramount+, which is still scheduled to premiere on January 15th.
A planned press junket for the show next week has been cancelled so it’s unclear if the new season will be delayed.