Veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, a longtime member of the network’s “60 Minutes” on-air team, was killed in a car accident on Wednesday night in New York City, CBS said. The New York Daily News reported that Simon was a passenger in a taxi or car for hire that slammed into the back of another vehicle and struck a metal barrier on Manhattan’s West Side. New York police said their officers responded to such an accident but declined to confirm the identity of the victim until next of kin were notified. Simon’s career spanned five decades, from covering the Vietnam War to a piece on “60 Minutes” last weekend about the Oscar-nominated civil rights drama “Selma.” Tall, lanky and possessed of an erudite demeanor on camera, Simon has covered most major overseas conflicts from the 1960s to the present and has been a regular contributor to the weekly “60 Minutes” news magazine on CBS since 1996.
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