Simon was a passenger in a Lincoln Town Car that hit a vehicle that was stopped at a light at the intersection of 12th Avenue and West 30th Street. The Lincoln then crashed a metal traffic barrier.
Officers arrived at the scene just before 7 p.m., where they found Simon had sustained injuries to his head and torso. Simon was unconscious and unresponsive, and was later pronounced dead at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. The 44-year-old male driver of the Lincoln Simon was riding in is in stable condition.
"It's a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News," 60 Minutes executive producer Jeffrey Fager told CBS News New York. "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. Bob was a reporter's reporter. He was driven by a natural curiosity that took him all over the world covering every kind of story imaginable. There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes will miss him very much."
Simon worked for CBS News for several years as the organization's Chief Middle Eastern correspondent. During his tenure, he spent time in an Iraq prison after his team was captured in 1991 during the Gulf War, an experience he chronicled in the book Forty Days. Simon joined 60 Minutes in 1996.
He has 27 Emmys, four Peabodys, and a long list of other awards to his name.
Simon is survived by his wife Françoise and daughter Tanya, who is a producer on 60 Minutes.