Fifty Injured in Ferry Crash Wednesday MorningJan 9, 2013
At least 50 people were hurt - two in critical condition - when a Lower Manhattan-bound commuter ferry struck a dock at Pier 11 Wednesday morning.
According to a report from MorichesDaily.com, police say 57 were hurt when the ferry carrying commuters from New Jersey crashed into the pier. Two riders on board were deemed to have suffered critical injuries and at least one had a serious head injury following the crash.
The crash was reported around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. Later that morning, officials with the New York Police Dept., the Coast Guard, and other city officials were at the scene to determine how it may have been caused. The report indicates that officials with the National Transportation Safety Board were expected at the scene later Wednesday.
One person told a local news source that the ferry failed to slow as it approached Pier 11. However, other reports from the scene taken from supposed eyewitnesses say the boat appeared to be approaching the dock normally just before the crash.
Panic ensued in the seconds after impact on board the ferry. Passengers aboard the vessel were thrown from their seats. Others who may have been standing were tossed forward and backward and people in stairwells were thrown into pipes and walls as the boat hit the dock, likely resulting in more serious injuries. The ferry was secured to the dock after the crash and emergency officials were able to get aboard it and provide aid to passengers.
The starboard side of the ferry sustained the brunt of the damage in the crash. The ferry is named the Seastreak Wall Street and is a daily line that has a $26 one-way fee and a $45 round-trip from New Jersey to Lower Manhattan. The vessel is owned by the Seastreak company. It departs daily from Atlantic Highlands and Conners Highlands. The ferry had 326 passengers on board at the time of the crash, according to the report.