Dozens hurt in NY ferry crash

Ferry crashes while docking in Lower Manhattan

NEW YORK | January 9, 2013


Nearly 60 people were injured Wednesday when the Seastreak Wall Street ferry crashed while docking in Lower Manhattan in New York, emergency officials said.

A spokesman for the New York Fire Department said the cause of the crash at Pier 11, at South Street and Gouverneur Lane, was not immediately known, The New York Times reported. The National Transportation Safety Board in Washington said it was sending a 12-member "go-team" to investigate.

Several people were taken off the ferry, operated by Seastreak on flatboards with their heads and necks immobilized, the Times said. Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe said early reports indicated there were 326 passengers and five crew members onboard.

Seastreak runs a daily service from Atlantic Highlands and Conners Highlands in New Jersey to Lower Manhattan. The Times said it can carry several hundred passengers.

The Times said the ferry was approaching the dock with many people standing and lined up getting ready to land. Dozens rushed to get off the ferry after the impact, the newspaper said, and the most severely injured toppled down stairs, though none were thrown into the water.

The ferry is 140 feet long and 30 feet wide, the Times report said. WABC-TV, New York, reported a large gash was torn on the starboard side of the craft, which can carry 400 passengers.

"Nothing seemed like it was going to be out of the ordinary," passenger Chris Avore told WABC. "There was once or twice where I was talking with a colleague where we actually thought it was coming in a little hot near Brooklyn, where we're not used to seeing it. Then the next thing we knew, you feel the jolt and then everybody goes flying."

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