Eleven people have been seriously hurt after a ferry crashed into a dock in lower Manhattan today. The injured include one passenger who suffered a severe head wound falling down a stairwell.
Scores of people who'd been standing and waiting to disembark were hurled to the deck or into walls by the impact. It happened as the catamaran Seastreak Wall Street slowed following a routine trip across New York Bay and past the Statue of Liberty.
The accident ripped open a small part of the hull like an aluminum can. Nearly 50 people suffered minor injuries. For nearly two hours, paramedics treated bruised and dazed passengers on the pier.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. The ferry is ten years old and had recently undergone a major overhaul that gave it new engines and a new propulsion system. The ferry company has issued a statement saying it will work with investigators to determine the cause.
Police say the boat's crew passed alcohol breath tests after the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team of investigators.
The ferry was arriving from Atlantic Highlands, a part of the New Jersey shore that is still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy. (AP)
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