’60 Minutes’ veteran correspondent Bob Simon killed in Manhattan car accident

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MANHATTAN (PIX11/CNN) -- "60 Minutes" veteran correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a Manhattan car accident Wednesday night, the NYPD confirms.

CBS confirmed Simon's death on their website.

Simon, 73, was a passenger in a Lincoln Town car traveling southbound on 12th Avenue when it rear-ended a Mercedes Benz which was stopped at a red light 30th Street and 12th Avenue. Simon's car then hit a metal pole.

The livery cab Simon was traveling in rear-ended another vehicle then crashed into a pole. (Photo: Ann Mercogliano/WPIX)

The livery cab Simon was traveling in rear-ended another vehicle then crashed into a pole. (Photo: Ann Mercogliano/WPIX)

Simon was pronounced dead at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital.

The 44-year-old driver of Simon's car was also injured.

He joined CBS News in 1967 as a reporter and editor based in New York. Simon went on to report from all over the world. Simon covered the war in Vietnam and was on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon, according to his CBS News biography.

In 1991, Simon was captured by Iraqi forces at the start of the Gulf War. He and three colleagues spent 40 days in prison, an experience he later wrote about in his book "Forty Days."

Among his many awards are four Peabodys, 27 Emmys and the Overseas Press Club's highest honor for a body of work, the biography read.

Simon and his wife, Fran├žoise, have one daughter, who is a producer for "60 Minutes."