A commuter ferry carrying passengers to New York City from New Jersey crashed into a pier near the financial district during rush hour, sending bodies flying and injuring dozens, including two critically, police said.
The SeaStreak Wall Street slammed into Pier 11 at South Street and Gouverneur Lane in Lower Manhattan at about 8:43 a.m. today, according to the New York City Police Department. At least 57 people were hurt, including two who were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, police spokesman Paul Browne said in a telephone interview.
'We were coming in and it seemed like normal speed', said Greg Schnell, 43, vice president of information technology at Havas Health Inc. and a regular rider on the ferry. 'We hit and heard a grinding sound, which was metal being ripped, and people went flying forward about 10 feet'.
Tom Wynne, a spokesman for SeaStreak, didn’t immediately respond to e-mail or voice-mail messages seeking comment on the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering a team to investigate the accident, the agency said in a statement.
The boat entered service in September 2003 after being built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding in Somerset, Massachusetts, according to SeaStreak’s website. It is 141 feet (43 meters) long, 34 feet wide and can carry 505 passengers and crew, according to the website. It has three decks, two interior with tables and chairs and a sightseeing platform.
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