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Jeremy Renner shares first photo since snow plow accident

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“Hawkeye” star Jeremy Renner thanked supporters for their “kind words” in his first social media post since the snow plow mishap on New Year’s Day.

In a brief Instagram post where he shared a selfie reflecting some facial bruising, Renner wrote: “Thank you all for your kind words. I’m (sic) too confused right now to type. But I send love to all of you.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Samantha Mast, Renner’s publicist, provided more details about the accident that landed Renner in the hospital, saying the actor had been near his Nevada home cleaning the sidewalks before the incident.

Renner was shoveling snow from a private driveway on Sunday so that his family could leave their residence after celebrating the holiday together, his representative added. Renner’s relatives were with him at the time of the accident.

An image posted to Renner's Instagram account shows the actor in what appears to be a hospital bed with facial injuries.

“Jeremy is making positive progress and is awake, talking and in good spirits,” Mast said in a new statement released late on Tuesday. “He remains in the ICU in critical but stable condition. He is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. The family asks that you continue to think as he heals with his loved ones.”

On Sunday at 8:55 am ET, authorities received a 911 call reporting an accident involving a snowcat, a device used to remove snow and a pedestrian on the Mount Rose Highway, the Washoe County Sheriff said. , Darin Balaam, on Tuesday during a press conference.

Although it wasn’t snowing at the time of the accident, Balaam said the Mount Rose Highway was closed due to “severe winter weather” and had snow that had not yet cleared. He added that around 13 to 20 abandoned cars were also on the highway which were difficult to maneuver.

The first unit from the sheriff’s department arrived at the scene at 9:30 am ET, where emergency medical services were on the scene providing assistance to Renner, Balaam said.

Balaam said Renner was hit by his snowcat after the machine started to roll when he was not in the driver’s seat. He was injured during an attempt to get back on the snowcat.

Renner posted a video of himself shoveling snow on his Instagram account in 2019.

Renner was using his snowcat to shovel snow around his personal vehicle at the time of the accident, Balaam said.

Balaam added that authorities do not believe Renner was intoxicated during the incident and called it “a tragic accident”.

A spokesperson for Renner previously told CNN that he suffered “blunt trauma to the chest and orthopedic injuries.”

The 51-year-old actor has already had two surgeries to treat his injuries, a source close to the actor told CNN.

Balaam said on Tuesday that Renner was awake and talking to rescuers when they arrived at the scene.

When Renner was injured, his neighbors came to the rescue and brought towels while they waited for rescuers, Balaam added.

The actor was the only person involved in the accident, the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

A helicopter landed nearby the highway at 9:37 am PT, and at 9:56 am PT, Renner was taken to a Reno-area hospital, Balaam said.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is currently in possession of Renner’s snowcat and is analyzing it to “rule out any potential mechanical failure,” which is a normal part of the investigation with injuries this serious, Balaam said.

Renner was allowed to operate the snowcat because it was on a private road shared by his neighbors and not maintained by the county, Balaam said.

“He was being a great neighbor and he was opening those roads for his neighbor,” Balaam said.

Authorities do not suspect any foul play, according to Balaam.

At the time of the accident, parts of western Nevada were covered in snow. The Reno area received about 6 to 12 inches of snow at altitudes below 5,000 feet between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and up to 18 inches at higher altitudes, according to the National Weather Service in Reno.

Renner has previously shared several videos and photos on his verified social media accounts showing him in snowy conditions, including an Instagram video posted two weeks ago in which the actor appears to be driving a snowplow.

Renner’s family released a statement Monday night thanking hospital staff and first responders while the actor remained hospitalized.

“Jeremy’s family would like to express their gratitude to the incredible doctors and nurses who care for him, Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, Washoe County Sheriff, Reno City Mayor Hillary Schieve and the Carano and Murdock families,” said a statement from his spokesperson. . “They are also tremendously impressed and grateful for the outpouring of love and support from their fans.”

Renner stars in the Paramount+ series “Mayor of Kingstown” and is best known for his role as Hawkeye in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

His “Avengers” co-star Mark Ruffalo asked Renner for prayers of support on Monday.

“Prayers for our brother @jeremyrenner on a full and speedy recovery,” Ruffalo posted on his Instagram Stories. “Please send healing kindness to him.”

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