Let’s Look At the PistenBully Snowplow That Ran Over Jeremy Renner

Last Sunday, actor Jeremy Renner was seriously injured by a snowplow he was using on his property in Washoe County, Nevada. The vehicle isn’t a lawnmower or lawnmower, but instead, a heavy-duty snowcat, in this case, a PistenBully plow. According to police reports, he was helping a family member free his car, which was stuck in the snow. So, what happened and why does Renner need the PistenBully snow plow?

What does the PistenBully snow plow do?

PistenBully Ice Shaver | Andia/Universal Images Group via Getty

The PistenBully, built in Germany, is a planned snow removal and ski grooming vehicle. If you’ve ever been on a ski slope or snowboard, you’ve seen these big beasts sitting around or even training on the trails. This snowmobile is a mid 1980’s model and probably came from a ski resort or government agency. Although the Renner was an older PistenBully model, the new versions can have more than 600 hp, with a nine-liter Isuzu diesel-electric engine, with direct injection.


Why was Jeremy Renner run over by a snowplow?

A PistenBully prepares a road with artificial snow | Sebastian Kanert/Image via Getty Alliance

According to Renner, 51, he was at the plow when he jumped. He managed to free the car, but the snowplow started rolling down the slope. Renner ran back to the snowplow to try to get back at it. Instead, PistenBully turned on him. He sustained “blunt force trauma to the chest and bone injuries”. That’s the least you’d expect from a machine that weighs 13,250 pounds, without any attachments.

“In an effort to stop a rolling PistenBully, Mr. Renner attempted to get back into the driver’s seat of PistenBully,” according to a sheriff’s spokesperson. “Based on our investigation, at this point Mr. Renner was run over.” He was flown to a local hospital where he underwent surgery.

Renner has been tweeting and posting from his hospital bed, so the good news is that he seems to be getting better. “Thank you all for your kind words. ?,” he wrote. “I am so restless right now to write. But I am sending love to all of you.”

Why did Renner have a PistenBully snowblower?

PistenBully 600 Snow Shaver Flattens Snow on a Ski Run | Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty

So, why did he need Renner in the first place? Isn’t it a little exaggerated? Presumably, he felt he needed it to create a sleigh track for his children. So Renner’s efforts were fair. But for whatever reason, he didn’t stop or turn off the snow cat.

When you look at PistenBully, those blades on the tracks look killer. But the reason for the wide tracks is weight distribution, so that may have worked in Renner’s favor. Had the tracks not been so wide, it might have totally smashed the actor.

We wish the “Hawk” actor a speedy recovery.

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