CBS: ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Bob Simon killed in crash

Bob Simon
FILE - In this April 7, 2014 file photo, Bob Simon of "60 Minutes," attends the New York premiere of "The Railway Man" in New York. CBS says Simon was killed in a car crash on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Manhattan. Police say a town car in which he was a passenger hit another car. He was 73. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash on Wednesday. He was 73.

A town car in which Simon was a passenger hit another car in Manhattan, police said. Simon and the town car’s driver were taken to a hospital, where Simon was pronounced dead.

Simon was among a handful of elite journalists to cover most major overseas conflicts and news stories since the late 1960s, CBS said. He covered stories including the Vietnam War and the Oscar-nominated movie “Selma” in a career spanning five decades.

Simon had been contributing to “60 Minutes” on a regular basis since 1996. He also was a correspondent for “60 Minutes II.”

Simon won numerous awards, including his fourth Peabody and an Emmy for his story from Central Africa on the world’s only all-black symphony 2012. Another story about an orchestra in Paraguay, one whose poor members constructed their instruments from trash, won him his 27th Emmy, perhaps the most held by a journalist for field reporting, CBS said.

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