“Hockey” star Jeremy Renner thanked well-wishers for their “kind words” in his first post on social media since his New Year’s Day snow plowing. accident.
In a short post on Instagram, where she shared a selfie that reflected some facial injuries, Renner wrote, “Thank you all for your kind words. I’m (sic) too confused to type right now. But I send you all love.
Earlier Tuesday, Renner’s publicist, Samantha Mast, provided more details about the accident that landed Renner in the hospital, saying the actor was near his Nevada home, cleaning vehicles before the incident.
Renner was moving snow from his driveway on Sunday so family members could leave his home after spending the holiday together, his rep added. Renner’s family members were with him when the accident happened.
“Jeremy is making positive progress, awake, talking and in good spirits,” Mast said in a new statement released Tuesday evening. “He remains in ICU in critical but stable condition. He is overwhelmed with love and support. The family hears your continued thoughts as he recovers with his closest loved ones.
Washoe County Sheriff Darrin Balam said during a press conference Tuesday that Renner ran over his Snowgate, a snow removal device, after the engine started rolling while he was not in the driver’s seat. Balaam said he was injured while trying to get back into the snowcat.
Bielem said authorities do not believe Renner was intoxicated at the time of the incident and called it “a tragic accident.”
A spokesperson for Renner previously told CNN that he suffered “blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries.”
The 51-year-old actor has undergone two surgeries so far to address his injuries, a source close to the actor told CNN.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said the incident happened in the area of Mount Rose Highway in Reno.
Deputies found Renner injured and coordinated his transport to an area hospital, the sheriff’s office said in a news release, adding that the actor was the only person involved in the crash.
On Tuesday, Balaam said Renner was awake and talking to first responders when they arrived at the scene.
When Renner was injured, his neighbors helped and brought towels while he waited for first responders, Bielem added.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is currently in possession of Renner’s snowcat and is analyzing it to “rule out any possible mechanical failure,” which is a normal part of an investigation with the severity of the injuries, Balaam said.
Authorities do not suspect any foul play, Bielem said.
At the time of the crash, parts of western Nevada were covered in snow. The Reno area saw 6-12 inches of snow between New Year’s and New Year’s Day below 5,000 feet, and up to 18 inches at higher elevations. National Weather Service in Reno.
Renner has previously shared several videos and photos of himself in snowy conditions on his verified social media accounts, 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 evening thanking hospital staff and first responders for the actor’s stay at the hospital.
“Jeremy’s family would like to express their gratitude to the incredible doctors and nurses who cared for him, Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, the Washoe County Sheriff, Reno City Mayor Hilary Schieve, and the Carrano and Murdock families,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “They are very happy and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans.”
Renner starred 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 He asked for prayers for Renner on Monday.
“Prayers for a full and speedy recovery for our brother @jeremyrenner,” Ruffalo posted on his Instagram Stories. “Please send healing goodness his way.”