CBS: “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon killed in crash

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) — CBS says longtime ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Bob Simon has been killed in New York City car crash.

He was 73 years old.

The crash happened Wednesday in Manhattan. Police say a town car in which he was a passenger hit another car.

Simon and the town car’s driver were taken to a hospital, where Simon was pronounced dead.

Simon covered stories including the Vietnam War and the Oscar-nominated movie “Selma” in a career spanning five decades.

CBS says Simon was among a handful of elite journalists who’ve covered most major overseas conflicts and news stories since the late 1960s.

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

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