10 dead after ferry crash

At least ten people were killed when a commuter ferry rammed into a pier in Staten Island.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | BALTIMORE | October 16, 2003


At least ten people were killed when a commuter ferry rammed into a pier in Staten Island. Another 42 people were injured, and three others were missing, according to Jarrod Bernstein, press secretary for the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

Rescue workers were working to determine whether the three missing people were aboard the ferry when it crashed at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, and they were also looking for another person who may have been killed in the crash, Bernstein said.

Several passengers leapt from the ferry as the boat slammed into the pier, and some of those injured lost limbs. The second floor of the ferry also partially collapsed upon the main deck.

The National Transportation and Safety Board is investigating how the crash occurred, according to Bernstein.

Various press accounts said that the pilot of the ferry, 55-year-old Jeffrey Smith, unsuccessfully attempted suicide after the crash.

Wind gusts at the pier were measured at about 45 mph, a fact that NTSB investigators are taking into consideration.


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