Crash Kills Bob Simon of CBS ’60 Minutes’ at 12th Avenue and 30th Street, New York City

Crash crash scene in New York where Bob Simon was killed while a passenger in a hired Lincoln Town Car that hit a Mercedes Benz and metal median barriers separating lanes of traffic.

CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon died in a car crash in New York on Wednesday night. He was 73. Simon covered riots, Academy Award-nominated movies and wars and was held captive for more than a month in Iraq two decades ago.

About 6:45 p.m. ET Wednesday, Bob Simon, age 73, without using a seatbelt, was a passenger in the back seat of a black Lincoln Town Car. The driver of the Lincoln Town Car lost control, crashed into another vehicle, and hit a lamppost and metal barriers near West 32nd Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan. The limousine-style vehicle struck a Mercedes-Benz that was stopped and waiting at a red light at the intersection on Manhattan’s West Side.

Simon was unresponsive at the scene, and was transported with head and chest injuries to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The drivers of the two vehicles suffered minor injuries.

Simon was a war correspondent in Vietnam War — working out of Saigon. He and his crew were held captive for 40 days by Iraqi forces in 1991. He joined “60 Minutes” in 1996 and “60 Minutes II” two years later.

He joined CBS News’ London bureau in 1969 and was the recipient of 24-time Emmy Awards, four Overseas Press Club awards and three George Foster Peabody Awards.

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