This man lived a daring life and a car crash killed him. Sad ending.
“60 Minutes” reporter Bob Simon, a survivor of numerous close calls as a war correspondent, was killed Wednesday in a horrific car crash on the West Side Highway.
The 73-year-old CBS veteran, who won 27 Emmy Awards in a career spanning five decades, had to be cut from a mangled livery cab that rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz and slammed into a concrete median near W. 30th St.
Simon was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital following the 6:45 p.m. smashup, but doctors could not save his life.
“We have some sad news tonight from within our CBS News Family,” a red-eyed Scott Pelley said as the network interrupted its programming after the CBS Evening News. “Our ‘60 Minutes’ colleague Bob Simon was killed this evening. It was a car accident in New York City.”
The veteran newsman was riding in the back of a Lincoln Town Car, headed south on the West Side Highway, when his driver plowed into the Mercedes, which was being driven by a 23-year-old man, a police source said. The collision sent the Town Car careening into the center divider, trapping Simon inside the car, the source said.
Emergency responders used hydraulic tools to cut the top off the car and extricate Simon, who was unconscious and had injuries to his head and torso, and the driver.
The 44-year-old driver was taken to Bellevue Hospital in serious condition and an investigation is ongoing, police said.
“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,” said Jeff Fager, executive producer of “60 Minutes.”
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