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Veteran journalist Bob Simon, 73, was killed in a car crash on Wednesday evening in Manhattan

Veteran journalist Bob Simon, 73, was killed in a car crash on Wednesday evening in Manhattan

60 Minutes' veteran reporter Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in New York City on Wednesday evening.

Simon, 73, was travelling in the back seat of a Lincoln town car that rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz stopped at a red light on 12th Avenue near West 30th Street around 6.45pm, and then slammed into the metal barriers separating the lanes.

The CBS reporter was unconscious with head and torso injuries when he was rushed to Mount Sinai-Roosevelt Hospital in the city. He was later pronounced dead.

From the catastrophic damage to the livery cab at the scene, investigators were planning to interview the driver because they believe speed may have been a factor in the crash.

 The NYPD refused to comment further to Daily Mail Online on Thursday, citing an ongoing investigation.

No arrests have been made.  

Police on the scene cut off the roof off the Lincoln to free Simon and the driver.

The driver of the Lincoln, a 44-year-old man, suffered two broken legs and a broken arm and was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was in stable condition.

The 23-year-old driver of the Mercedes, who was not injured, claimed the accident was the fault of the livery cab driver.

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