Actor Jeremy Renner thanked fans for their “kind words” as he continues to recover in hospital after being struck by his own six-ton snowplow.
The 51-year-old Marvel star shared an update on his condition on social media two days after the incident, which occurred near his home.
Renner was airlifted to the hospital Sunday after suffering “blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries” in a crash near the Mount Rose Freeway, which links Lake Tahoe and south Reno, straddling the Nevada-Mexico border. California.
Posting a photo of himself in a hospital bed with a bruised face on his official Instagram page, he told fans he was “too confused” to send a longer message.
“Thank you all for your kind words. I’m too messy right now to write. But I am sending love to all of you,” she wrote.
At a news conference Tuesday, Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said Renner was helping a family member, who had become trapped in heavy snow, when the incident occurred.
Sheriff Balaam said the sheriff’s office received a call at 8:55 am following reports of an accident involving a SnowCat snowplow and a civilian.
“According to our investigation, Mr. Renner’s personal vehicle, which was being driven by a family member, became stuck in the snow near his home,” Sheriff Balaam said at the news conference.
“Mr. Renner went to retrieve his…SnowCat, an extremely large snow removal equipment, weighing at least 14,330 pounds (6.4 tons), in an effort to get his vehicle moving.”
Sheriff Balaam said that after successfully freeing his vehicle, Renner got out to speak with the family member as the SnowCat began to roll.
Renner had tried to get back into the machine, at which point he was struck, he said.
Constable Balaam added that there were no signs of “no foul play” and that the incident had been a “tragic accident”.
He then praised Renner, who is an honorary Washoe County deputy sheriff, and his “tremendous impact” on the community.
“He’s had a huge impact, not just in this office and helping us with our outreach … but in the entire community he’s been very generous,” Sheriff Balaam said.
“He’s one of those people that, most of the time, you don’t know he’s doing it, but he’s had a tremendous impact on this community.”
A two-time Oscar nominee, Renner is known for playing Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He has also appeared in movies like The Hurt Locker, American Hustle, and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
He also stars in the Paramount+ series The Mayor Of Kingstown, with the second series premiering on the service in the UK on January 16.
In a statement provided to the Pennsylvania news agency, Renner’s publicist said: “Jeremy’s family would like to express their gratitude to the incredible doctors and nurses who treat him, Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, Washoe County Sheriff, City of Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and the Carano and Murdock families.
“They are also tremendously overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of love and support from their fans.”
Renner’s accident comes as blizzard conditions hit the US over the Christmas and New Year period, resulting in dozens of deaths.
An arctic blast brought strong winds and snow to Nevada on New Year’s Eve, leaving thousands without power.
Meanwhile, another low pressure system bringing heavy snow and ice will become the last winter storm to hit the area in the coming days, according to the National Weather Service website.
Renner has previously spoken about the snow on his American ranch multiple times on social media.
He tweeted a photo of what appeared to be his car trapped under several feet of snow in December, writing: “Lake Tahoe snowfall is no joke.”
Meanwhile, in a prominent Instagram post titled Holiday, the actor shared a photo of his snowplow and captioned it: “Snow cat buried in snow at ranch.”
She also shared a video of her snowplow a week ago on her Instagram Story, writing, “Who’s excited for the holidays,” and another post that read, “Almost done with the sledding hill for the kids.”