Marvel star Jeremy Renner is in intensive care with blunt chest trauma and leg injuries after a snow plowing accident on Sunday.
The 51-year-old actor’s leg was run over by the snowcat he was using to plow snow off the driveway at his home in Reno.
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Renner underwent his first surgery on Monday, after which he was conscious, stable and speaking to family members.
He is expected to require further surgery to deal with “extensive” orthopedic injuries and faces a long road to full recovery.
After the accident a neighbour, who is a doctor, rushed to tourniquet Renner’s leg, which was bleeding profusely.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s office said in a statement it “responded to a traumatic injury in the area of Mt Rose Highway in Reno, Nevada” on Sunday morning at 9am local time.
It said Renner was alone at the time of the incident, which was being investigated.
The Avengers star had to be airlifted out of the area and flown to hospital.
In a statement released by his publicist, Renner’s family expressed gratitude to the “incredible” doctors and nurses looking after him.
They also thanked the local fire and rescue unit, sheriff’s office, Reno County mayor and neighbours that raced to assist the injured actor.
“They are also tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans,” the statement read.
Renner’s plow, a German-made PistenBully “snow groomer”, was towed away on Sunday night, several hours after the accident.
The vehicle’s safety features failed, causing it to run over Renner’s leg, TMZ reported.
The area where the actor lives was hit by a winter storm on New Year’s Eve that dumped heavy snow and left 35,000 homes without power.
On December 13, Renner posted a tweet showing a car virtually buried under a pile of snow.
“Lake Tahoe snowfall is no joke,” the picture was captioned.
The two-time Oscar nominee is surrounded by family in hospital, his representative said.
“We can confirm Jeremy is in critical but stable condition with injuries suffered after experiencing a weather-related accident while plowing snow earlier today,” a statement released on Sunday read.
“His family is with him and he is receiving excellent care.”
Fans have flocked to the actor’s Instagram page to send their well-wishes.
“I hope you recover very soon Jeremy,” one fan wrote.
“You are an amazing person, very strong and brave. I love you man.”
“I hope you are ok,” wrote another.
“You do so much for the locals here in Reno and Sparks Nevada. I pray you will be ok.”
Wrote a third: “Dude please get better. The Avengers need you!”
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