Actor Jeremy Renner thanked fans for their “kind words” while recovering in hospital after being run over by his own six-ton snow plow.
The 51-year-old Marvel star shared an update on his condition on social media two days after the incident near his home.
Renner was airlifted to the hospital Sunday after “blunt force trauma to the chest and orthopedic injuries” in an accident near the Mount Rose Highway, which connects Lake Tahoe and southern Reno, on the Nevada-California border.
Posting a photo of himself in a hospital bed with a bruised face on his official Instagram page, he told fans he was “too swamped” to send a longer message.
“Thank you all for your kind words. I’m too mad to write now. But I’m sending you all love,” he wrote.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said Renner was helping a family member who was stuck in heavy snow when the incident occurred.
Sheriff Balaam said the sheriff’s office received a call at 8:55 a.m. after an accident involving a SnowCat plow and a civilian was reported.
“Based on our investigation, Mr. Renner’s personal vehicle, which was driven by a family member, became stuck in the snow near his home,” Sheriff Balaam told a news conference.
“Mr. Renner went to get his … SnowCat, an unusually large snow thrower weighing at least 14,330 pounds (6.4 tons), trying to get his vehicle moving.”
Sheriff Balaam said that after successfully freeing the vehicle, Renner got out to talk to a family member when the SnowCat began to roll.
He said Renner was trying to get back into the machine at which point he was run over.
Sheriff Balaam added that there were no signs of “no foul play” and that the incident was a “tragic accident”.
He went on to praise Renner, who is an honorary deputy sheriff for Washoe County, and his “enormous impact” on the community.
“He’s had a huge impact, not only in this office and helping us reach out to us… but throughout the community he’s been very generous,” said Sheriff Balaam.
“He’s one of those people you don’t know he does most of the time, but he’s had a huge impact on this community.”
A two-time Oscar nominee, Renner is well known for his portrayal of Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He has also appeared in films such as The Hurt Locker, American Hustle and Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
She also stars in the Paramount + series The Mayor Of Kingstown, with a second series due to premiere on the UK service on January 16.
In a statement given to the PA news agency, publicist Renner said: “Jeremy’s family would like to express their gratitude to the amazing doctors and nurses who care for him, Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, Washoe County Sheriff, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve and the Carano and Murdock families .
“They are also immensely overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of love and support from his fans.”
Renner’s accident takes place as blizzards hit the United States over the Christmas and New Year period, causing dozens of deaths.
An arctic gust brought strong winds and snow to Nevada on New Year’s Eve, leaving thousands without power.
Meanwhile, another low-pressure system, bringing large amounts of snow and ice, is set to become the last winter storm to hit the area in the coming days, according to the National Weather Service website.
Renner has repeatedly spoken out about the snow on his American ranch on social media.
In December, he tweeted a photo of what appeared to be his car trapped under several feet of snow, writing: “Snowfall in Lake Tahoe is no joke.”
Meanwhile, in an Instagram post titled Holiday, the actor shared a picture of his snowplow, captioning it: “Snow cat buried in snow at ranch.”
He also shared a video of his snowplow a week ago on his Instagram story, writing: “Who’s excited for the holidays” and another post that read: “I’m almost done with the kids slide.”