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TOM QUINN, JOURNALIST, KILLED IN COLOMBIA CRASH

An American journalist who wrote for Time magazine and the United Press International news service during a 20-year career in Colombia died early Sunday in a car crash.

Tom Quinn, 53, and his wife were driving in the capital of Bogota when their car plunged 70 feet off a bridge onto a highway below.

Quinn died instantly. His Colombian wife, Zulma, was in a coma after surgery at a Bogota hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

The cause of the accident was not known. It was raining at the time.

At the time of his death, Quinn was correspondent for Bridge News, a financial news service, and wrote a column for El Tiempo, Colombia's most widely read newspaper.

As correspondent for Time until 1994, Quinn got two rare interviews with Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, a leader of the Cali drug cartel who was in hiding. Rodriguez was arrested last year.

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