“Bob Simon, a longtime correspondent for CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ and a CBS News veteran of more than 45 years, was killed Wednesday night in a [car] crash” in New York City, according to a report on the CBSNewYork website.
The story continues, “CBS2 sources said Simon, 73, was in the back seat of a Lincoln Town Car livery cab that lost control as it headed south on the West Side Highway. The driver struck a black 2003 Mercedes Benz that was stopped at a red light at 30th Street, and then struck the stanchions that separate northbound and southbound traffic on the highway, police said.”
“Simon was extricated from the vehicle after suffering injuries to his head and torso. He was taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said,” according to the story.
The driver of the car Simon was in, a 44-year-old man, had non-life-threatening injuries, the story says, while the driver of the Mercedes was uninjured.
To read a very full and complete biography about Simon and his extraordinary career, provided to the press by CBS News, please click here.
Jeff Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the executive producer of “60 Minutes” said in a statement, “It’s a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News. It is such a tragedy made worse because we lost him in a car accident, a man who has escaped more difficult situations than almost any journalist in modern times. Bob was a reporter’s reporter. He was driven by a natural curiosity that took him all over the world covering every kind of story imaginable. There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at ‘60 Minutes’ will miss him very much.”
Here’s a touching tribute to Simon from CNN’s Anderson Cooper that aired tonight. Cooper called Simon the best reporter in the past five decades at making a story memorable.