Newly released body camera footage from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department reveals the harrowing snow plow accident involving Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner and his nephew.
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On January 1st, Renner found himself in a terrifying situation when he was accidentally run over by his Sno-Cat, a massive snow plow weighing in at a staggering 14,330 pounds. His nephew, 27-year-old Alex Fries, was the reason behind Renner’s attempt to assist. Fries had become trapped in a pickup truck stuck in the deep snow.
Renner, in a bid to help Fries, stepped out of his Sno-Cat to assess the situation. Tragically, the vehicle continued to move forward, and the actor became trapped beneath its tread as he valiantly tried to prevent it from colliding with his nephew.
The shocking footage, obtained by ABC News, captures the moment of the incident vividly. Fries can be heard explaining to law enforcement, “He exited the vehicle to communicate something to me, and that’s when it unexpectedly surged towards me at full force.”
“Right where his blood stained the snow, that’s where it all unfolded,” Fries recounted to the officers, adding, “He attempted to leap onto it, into the snow plow, and it pulled him beneath.”
In the footage, a deputy spots Renner’s hat buried beneath the snow plow.
Following the accident, Renner was hospitalized for blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries. He later revealed that he had sustained over 30 broken bones. In the wake of the incident, the actor kept his fans updated on his recovery journey through social media. In February, he shared a video of himself undergoing physical therapy with the caption, “Whatever it takes,” a subtle reference to his role in “Avengers: Endgame.”
Earlier this month, Renner candidly discussed his recovery in an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer. He recounted, “I remember every bit of the pain, every moment. I was fully conscious throughout. It’s precisely what you might imagine it feeling like.”
On April 11th, Renner marked his return to the public eye by attending the premiere of his Disney+ reality series, “Rennervations.” The show focuses on the transformation of used vehicles for underserved communities worldwide. Despite his injuries, he engaged with the press and graced the red carpet with the support of a cane at the Westwood Regency Village Theatre in Los Angeles.
Speaking to Variety during the event, he expressed, “I may appear a bit worse for wear at the moment, but I assure you that this show is what’s motivating my recovery and fuels my daily determination to improve. I set a goal to walk this red carpet, and here I am, enjoying the moment. Otherwise, it might have slipped into oblivion without a set date, losing momentum and excitement, and I would have been extremely frustrated. Right now, I’m filled with excitement because we’ve made it here.”