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Crash victim was headed to famed Christmas tree

Crash victim was headed to famed Christmas tree

One of the people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed was headed to midtown Manhatt

NEW YORK — One of the people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed was 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 to New York City Sunday to do lighting and sound work on the giant tree.

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

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

Lovell was the husband of Nancy Montgomery, a local elected official.

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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