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Longtime CBS Reporter Bob Simon, 73, Dies in Car Accident

Veteran CBS newsman Bob Simon died Wednesday night in a car crash in New York City. He was 73.

Simon was a passenger in a livery cab which rear-ended another car and smashed into a median. Simon was taken to a hospital where he passed away. The driver suffered injuries to his arms and legs.

’60 Minutes’ executive producer Jeff Fager released a statement about Simon’s death:

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.

In a career spanning nearly half a century at the eye network, Simon won 27 Emmy Awards and four Peabody Awards.

He developed quite a resume for his foreign correspondent work, including reporting from Vietnam where he stayed until the end of the war and left on one of the final choppers to depart Saigon in 1975. In 1991, he was also captured and taken hostage by the Iraqi army, an experience he would recount in his book ‘Forty Days.’

Simon, whose most recent work on ’60 Minutes’ was last weekend’s interview with ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay, is survived by his wife and daughter — a ’60 Minutes’ producer — and grandson.

You can see raw video of the crash, as well as other reports about Simon’s death and his career, below:

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