Update: In a press conference Tuesday (3 January) afternoon, Sheriff Darin Balaam appeared to debunk a report that Renner was saved by a doctor neighbour. Balaam said that there were no doctors on the scene but that neighbours immediately rushed to his aide with towels.
“We can confirm Jeremy is in critical but stable condition with injuries suffered after experiencing a weather-related accident while ploughing snow earlier today,” a spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday night.
Renner is getting “excellent” care, the spokesperson said.
New details are now emerging with TMZ reporting that Renner was ploughing the road around a quarter mile from his home to get his family out after a snowstorm on New Year’s Eve.
The plough, a Snowcat, accidentally ran over one of the actor’s legs, despite a large array of safety features, leading to major blood loss, a neighbour said, according to the outlet.
Another neighbour, a doctor, put a tourniquet on Renner’s legs to hold them in place until the arrival of paramedics. Police arrived at the scene around 9:30 am on Sunday morning, impounding the Snowcat, which the actor has shown himself using on social media.
The Washoe County, Nevada sheriff’s office has said that Renner suffered a “traumatic injury” on Sunday morning.
The office added that he was the only person involved in the incident and he was airlifted to an area hospital.
The Reno-Gazette Journal reported in 2019 that Renner has a home in the Mount Rose-Ski Tahoe area.
He has made several snow-related social media posts this winter.
“Nearly done With sledding hill For the kids,” he wrote in an Instagram caption of a video showing a plough.
“Lake Tahoe snowfall is no joke,” he tweeted on 12 December.
Following the news of the accident, supportive messages poured in for the actor on social media.
“My sweet @JeremyRenner. Loved you for decades. From a Senior Trip to the #MCU. Sending you & your closest healing love, light & strength for a full recovery,” Tara Strong wrote.
“Prayers up for Jeremy Renner. Hawkeye is crazy underrated in the Avengers,” Will Carroll added.
“Speedy recovery @JeremyRenner, thinking of you buddy,” Domenick Lombardozzi said.
“This Jeremy Renner report could not be more vague or alarming. Hope he has a full recovery!” Heidi MacDonald tweeted.
“My God. Praying for @JeremyRenner and his family,” Josh Gad wrote in reaction to the news.
“Thoughts with Jeremy Renner and his family. Wishing him a full and speedy recovery,” Danny Hatchard added.
The National Weather Service issued a snow warning over the weekend for Reno and the surrounding areas.
A warning had also been issued for the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The Weather Service in Reno reported that the Tahoe Basin at the lake level saw between 20 and 24 inches of snow on Saturday and Sunday.
On Sunday, the Weather Service warned those with travel plans in the Sierra Nevada region to be ready for winter conditions, including icy roads.
More than 22,000 customers were without power in the state on Monday, according to poweroutage.us. More than 12,000 of those customers are in Washoe County.
Renner has a number of snow ploughs and firetrucks at his rural Nevada home.
The residence, which has five bedrooms and is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, also has a recording studio with various instruments, and an outdoor swimming pool along with a firepit, according to DailyMail.com.
The Hurt Locker and Thor actor has renovated a large number of firetrucks, ambulances, and snowploughs to help the area handle wildfires and snowstorms, the outlet reported.