'60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon Killed in Car Crash

PHOTO: Bob Simon attends "The Central Park Five" screening on Oct. 2, 2012 in New York City. PlayJason Kempin/Getty Images
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Bob Simon, a longtime correspondent for CBS' "60 Minutes," was killed in a car crash in New York City, the network announced on Wednesday.

Simon, 73, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time, was riding in a town car that hit another car at 6:44 p.m. Wednesday, sending it into metal stanchions separating north and southbound traffic, according to the New York City Police Department.

Simon was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"It's a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News," 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager said in a statement. "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," Fager said. "There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes will miss him very much."

The driver of the town car was listed in stable condition after suffering two broken legs and an injured arm; the driver of the other car was uninjured, police said.

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During his five-decade career, Simon covered stories ranging from the Vietnam War to the Oscar-nominated movie "Selma." He joined CBS News in 1967.

CBS News named Simon its chief Middle East correspondent in 1987. He worked in Tel Aviv for more than 20 years, winning several awards, including two Peabody Awards and two Emmy Awards. He also won a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 2003.

Simon is survived by his wife, Françoise, and daughter Tanya, a producer for "60 Minutes."