September 7, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Seeley Lake District Ranger Tim Love is still hospitalized at St. Pat's Hospital in Missoula with injuries sustained in a collision with a semi-tractor trailer last Wednesday, Aug. 30.
Though he's listed in good condition, Love received a broken arm, severe bruises and internal injuries. Over the weekend, he was up, but took only a "few steps," according to his wife, Donna, who said the lower part of his left arm was severely injured and feeling had not returned yet to one of his fingers.
Love found himself facing a jack-kniving semi-tractor trailer on Highway 83 near Hemlock Drive as he was driving north from town toward the Ranger Station. He attempted to swerve off the road and out of the way, but his vehicle was hit on the driver's side by the semi whose driver had braked to avoid a slower moving car in front of him.
Love was driving a late model Jeef Cherokee Forest Service vehicle. His wife credited an air bag, which inflated on impact, with saving Love from more serious injuries.