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Philipstown Councilwoman's Husband a Derailment Victim

The death was reported Sunday afternoon by The Journal News and Philipstown.info.

First responders view the derailment of a Metro North passenger train in the Bronx borough of New York Dec. 1, 2013. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
First responders view the derailment of a Metro North passenger train in the Bronx borough of New York Dec. 1, 2013. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Jim Lovell, the husband of Philipstown Councilwoman Nancy Montgomery, was a victim of Sunday's Metro-North train derailment, according to Councilman Dave Merandy, who confirmed news reports from The Journal News and Philipstown.info about his death.

Merandy knew Lovell for a long time, having been students together at Haldane High School, which is in Cold Spring.

According to the Philipstown.info story, Lovell was a writer, lived in the North Highlands section of town and left behind three children in addition to Montgomery.

Merandy, who learned about Lovell's death several hours before he was interviewed for this story, was shocked by the loss.

There were four killed by the derailment and more than 60 injured near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx, Patch reported Sunday.

NBC reports that Lovell was heading to help with setting up Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree lighting. Lovell served as an audio technician for the Today show, the TV network reported.

In a press release, state Sen. Greg Ball issued a statement about Lovell's death.

“What a sad and horrifying tragedy to strike such a great man and such a beautiful and caring family. Sadly, James Lovell was among the four people killed on this morning’s tragic Metro-North train derailment. James was a caring and giving member of Putnam's community and my heart breaks for his wife, as well as their lovely children and the entire family that are now struggling with this enormous loss. I ask residents to keep James' family in their thoughts and prayers thought the holiday season, and let us find ways to be supportive and caring this holiday season and beyond,” he said.
Rose Rowland December 01, 2013 at 10:58 PM
One of the victims came from our community. James Ferrari, 59, of Montrose. Deepest sympathies to him and his family.
mk December 02, 2013 at 05:02 PM
This is so terrible particularly around the holidays. And to think this may have been caused by engineer's error and abuse.

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