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Chef Tim Love thanks Nashville hospital for care after his wife was struck, hurt by runaway van

Reception for Historic Camp Bowie 7th Annual Banquet 3300 Camp Bowie Blvd: February 1, 2007 L-R: Tim Love, Emilie Love, David Burgher. ... Photo by Sharon Corcoran Digital Image #0017: Photo 4
Reception for Historic Camp Bowie 7th Annual Banquet 3300 Camp Bowie Blvd: February 1, 2007 L-R: Tim Love, Emilie Love, David Burgher. ... Photo by Sharon Corcoran Digital Image #0017: Photo 4 Star-Telegram archives

Fort Worth chef Tim Love is thanking a hospital’s trauma team after his wife, Emilie, was struck by a runaway van and seriously injured Feb. 24 at the Nashville airport.

In his first public comment since the crash, the owner of Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, the White Elephant Saloon and the Woodshed Smokehouse thanked the “amazing folks in the trauma unit” at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“We are so fortunate to have had the benefit of your care, professionalism and skill,” Love wrote on Facebook Saturday.

According to a police report, Emilie Love was loading her bags into a sedan in the airport rideshare loading zone about 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 when a Ford Transit van behind her climbed the curb, accelerated and struck her.

The other driver appeared to be having a “medical incident,” according to the police report.

Emilie Love has helped manage her husband’s growing business since they opened Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in 2000. She had been a manager at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, and he was a cook at Reata.

They had met when Love took a job in Breckenridge, Colo., after graduating from the University of Tennessee.

Love also has a Lonesome Dove in Knoxville, Tenn.

Love canceled one appearance, but has not announced any other schedule changes for his restaurants. or for a yet-to-be-announced new restaurant on White Settlement Road.

He is also scheduled to appear March 8 as host of a “Fort Worth Spice Station” at SXSW in Austin.

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.

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