New York City emergency responders investigate a commuter
ferry crash that occurred during the morning rush in New
York. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
A ferryboat accident in Manhattan has left 57 people
injured, two of them critically and nine seriously hurt, city
The 140-foot boat had departed from Highlands, N.J., with 326
aboard and was moving at 10 to 12 knots toward Pier 11 on the
East River when it hit the pier's Slip D, then continued to
hit Slip B, Janette Sadik-Khan, the city's transportation
"It appears to have had a hard landing," Sadik-Khan said.
About 150 firefighters and paramedics responded, officials
Investigations were quickly announced by the National
Transportation Safety board and the U.S. Coast Guard and by
the city's fire, police and transportation departments.
City officials said one of the critically injured passengers
fell down a staircase and hit his head.
The Seastreak Wall Street catamaran ferry banged into the
dock as it arrived on Wednesday morning (local time),
Some of the injured were carried out strapped to flat-board
stretchers, their heads and necks immobilized. Soon after the
accident, about a dozen passengers on stretchers were spread
out on the dock, surrounded by emergency workers and
Jacqueline Wegner, of Highlands, N.J., who witnessed the
accident from the pier, told Newsday that the seriousness of
the accident soon became apparent.
When passengers began to emerge from the ferryboat. "There
was lots of blood," Wegner said. "I saw a man with a broken
hand ... This was really a surprise."
When the ferry hit the mooring, "I saw the gaping hole under
the hull. The captain was yelling to get help," Wegner said.
She estimated the hole was about 7 to 8 feet wide.
"It looked as though the boat was going down," Wegner said.
By 10 a.m. most of the hundreds of firefighters, onlookers
and passengers had left the pier.
Seastreak, based in New Jersey, "provides daily year-round
ferry services from Atlantic Highlands and Conners Highlands,
N.J., to Pier 11 Wall Street, East 35th Street, and shuttle
service to the World Financial Center," according to its