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NY crash victim was headed to famed Christmas tree

December 2, 2013
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed was an audio technician headed to midtown Manhattan to work on the famed Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

Longtime friend Janet Barton says James Lovell was taking the Metro-North from Cold Spring to New York City Sunday to do lighting and sound work on the giant tree.

She called the 58-year-old man beloved and said he enjoyed wind surfing and playing guitar.

State Sen. Greg Ball said Lovell was a caring member of his community and a family man.

Lovell was the husband of Philipstown Councilwoman Nancy Montgomery.

Federal officials are investigating how the train derailed rounding a riverside curve in the Bronx early Sunday morning, killing four people and injuring more than 60 others.



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