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Jim Lovell, 'Today' Technician, Dies In Metro-North Train Derailment

12/02/2013 10:52 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

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The tragic train derailment in the Bronx on Sunday hit home for NBC staffers.

Jim Lovell, an audio technician who worked on "Today," was killed when the train he was on derailed in the Bronx. He was on his way to Rockefeller Plaza to help set up for the Christmas tree lighting, Matt Lauer told viewers on Monday's "Today." Lovell was one of at least four people who died in the accident.

Don Nash, executive producer of "Today," notified NBC News staffers of Lovell's death in an email on Sunday night. "He was not only a skilled technician but also one of the nicest guys you ever met," Nash wrote about Lovell. "You may have seen him working at many of our outdoor concerts. He always had a smile on his face and was quick to share a friendly greeting."

"Today" paid tribute to Lovell on Monday morning.

Below read the full text of Nash's email.

I have some very sad news to share.

One of the victims of the tragic train derailment in the Bronx was Jim Lovell, an audio technician who frequently worked on Today and other NBC programs.

Jim worked on Today for over 20 years. He was not only a skilled technician but also one of the nicest guys you ever met. You may have seen him working at many of our outdoor concerts. He always had a smile on his face and was quick to share a friendly greeting.

Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy Montgomery, three sons, Hudson, Jack and Finn and a daughter, Brooke. On behalf of all of us who had the pleasure of working with Jim, our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to all of them. I will have more information on how we can express our support in the coming days.

In the meantime, please keep the Lovells and all the families who lost loved ones in this horrible accident in your thoughts and prayers.

Don

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