“Hawkeye” actor Jeremy Renner sustained nearly fatal injuries when he was crushed by his snowcat on New Year’s Day and now has spoken of the experience in an exclusive interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer The Daily Wire reported.
Parts of the interview already are being revealed, however, including that the actor wrote what he believed might be his final words.
A snowcat is a far cry from a snowmobile, and the kind Renner owned was a 7-ton Pistenbully. It was in the hospital, where he had been airlifted after having 30 of his bones broken beneath its weight, when he typed out those words.
“So I’m writing down notes in my phone … last words to my family,” he said, apologizing to Sawyer. He had to pause for a moment to regain his composure.
The “Avengers” star spoke stirringly of his loved ones. “If I was there on my own, that would have been a horrible way to die. And surely I would have. Surely,” Renner said, his emotion evident. “But I wasn’t alone. It was my nephew. Sweet Alex. And the rest of the cavalry came.”
Renner had been attempting to pull his adult nephew’s truck from snow in which it was stuck. It appears that he exited the snowcat, which began sliding toward the car in which his nephew was sitting. Renner then sought to climb back into the snowcat but was pulled beneath its tracks.
Sawyer’s interview includes footage of Renner being airlifted from the scene as well as audio from the 911 call that brought first responders to him.
“Someone’s been run over by a snowcat, hurry,” a man’s voice can be heard saying. The 911 operator asked the caller what happened.
“I don’t know, someone’s in front of my house on the ground and got run over with a snowcat. He’s been crushed,” the man continued. “Send paramedics, ambulance … Listen to me – I need … you might want to get life flight out here immediately,” he continued, astutely.
“Ok, are you with him right now?” the operator asked.
“Yes, he is in rough shape,” was the caller’s reply.
The interview will air Thursday on ABC and the following day on Hulu.
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