By Larry Celona and C.J. Sullivan, New York Post
February 11, 2015 | 9:24pm
Bob SimonPhoto: Michael Sofronski
Veteran “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon was killed when his livery cab crashed on the West Side Highway in Manhattan Wednesday night, sources said.
The CBS reporter died when the Lincoln Town Car he was riding in crashed with a Mercedes and then lost control and plowed into a pedestrian expansion near 30th Street at about 7 p.m., according to sources.
The driver of the Mercedes said the livery driver was driving erratically.
“He swerved into me,” the driver said. “He hit me and he looked like he lost control of the car.”
Simon was taken to St.Luke’s where he died.
The former war correspondent joined 60 Minutes in 1996.
After nearly 20 years at “60 Minutes,” he had won a total of six Emmy awards, most recently in 2012 for his work on the segment “Joy in the Congo.”
Simon also won a Peabody award for international reporting on CBS News.
During a distinguished career that spanned five decades, he found himself in dangerous situations in hot spots around the world.
Simon was on one of the last helicopters out of Saigon. He spent 40 days in Iraqi custody after he was captured during the Persian Gulf War. He was on the scene in Yugoslavia and Somalia, Haiti and Grenada.
He appeared on “60 Minutes” this past Sunday prior to the Grammy Awards with a segment on “Selma” and director Ava DuVernay.
“Stunned,” DuVernay wrote on Twitter. “We spent time together on my 60 Minutes piece just a few weeks ago. My goodness. May God rest his soul.”