Ferry Crash in New York City – At Least 70 Injured
A commuter ferry carrying more than 300 passengers crashed into a dock in Lower Manhattan around 8:45 Wednesday morning. Officials say 74 people were injured, at least two critically, as a result of the collision. City officials said the ferry hit the dock traveling at about 10-12 knots, equal to 11-15 mph, which resulted in a large gash at the front of the vessel. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.
The Seastreak ferry provides daily service between New Jersey and Pier 11 near Wall Street. The company announced that it had suspended two trips this evening as a result of the crash.
Passenger Sean Boyle told NBC 4 New York that the vessel felt like it went "full speed right into the pier," and said some passengers were thrown down the boat's stairs.
According to CNN, Coast Guard records indicate that the same Seastreak ferry has been involved in prior crashes, including one in 2009 when the vessel slammed into a New Jersey dock and tore a 2- to 3-foot gash in the starboard bow of the vessel.
The Coast Guard administered drug and alcohol tests to the captain and crew members of Seastruck. All individuals passed the breathalyzer tests, but Charles Rowe of the US Coast Guard says it will take several days to process the results of the drug tests.
In an official statement released by the company, Seastruck said:
The vessel's crew immediately initiated emergency response procedures and authorities responded quickly due to the location. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that were injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was launching a team to investigate.