Longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon died Wednesday night at the age of 73 in a car crash in New York City. The CBS News correspondent, who won 27 Emmy awards for his work as a reporter, was a passenger in a Lincoln Town Car livery cab.

The cab lost control and rear-ended a Mercedes-Benz and then plowed into a pedestrian median near 30th Street on the West Side Highway in Manhattan. Simon was rushed to the nearby St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the livery cab was treated for minor injuries at another hospital, while the driver of the Mercedes was unharmed. An investigation into the accident is reportedly underway.

"It's a terrible loss for all of us at CBS News," 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager, said in a statement. "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," Fager said. "There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes will miss him very much."

Fellow journalists such as Anderson Cooper, Al Roker and Campbell Brown, and celebrities, mourned Simon’s death on Twitter.