LOWER MANHATTAN, N.Y. — According to police reports, a rush hour commuter ferry originating from Highlands, New Jersey was carrying more than 320 passengers when it crashed Wednesday morning, Jan. 9, as it approached a Wall Street pier. Officials said that more than 70 people were injured when the passengers aboard were knocked off their feet and down stairwells.
Officials reported that two people were critically hurt, one with a head injury, nine seriously, 17 guarded and dozens more were reported to have sustained minor injuries.
According to an article at NBCNY.com, the ferry, owned by Seastreak ferry, left Highlands, N.J. at 8 a.m. with 326 people aboard, including five crew members, and had a hard landing at Pier 11, which is located at South Street and Gouverneur Lane. It struck a loading barge that it was passing while trying to dock, according to Seastreak President James Barker.
“There was a jolt when that occurred, throwing the people forward into their seats and the walls,” Barker told NBC 4 New York.
City officials said the ferry hit two slips and was traveling at about 10-12 knots, equal to 11-15 mph.The front of the ferry had a large gash after the crash.
Police said a total of 74 people were taken to hospitals.
Seastreak carries commuters from ports in New Jersey to Pier 11, East 35th Street and World Financial Center, according to its website. In its five-vessel fleet are four boats that can carry 400 passengers and one that can carry 149.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
Blog post by barge injury lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP