Ferry Crashes into Loading Barge in Lower Manhattan Injuring Over 70 Passengers

Posted in Barge Accidents,Maritime Accidents,New York Maritime News on January 10, 2013

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.

Aerial view of the ferry landing where the Seastreak Wall Street ferry crashed on January 9, 2013 in New York City, NY injuring dozens, many seriously and at least one critically.

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.

Damaged bow of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry after crashing into the landing in lower Manhattan in New York, NY on January 9, 2013 where dozens were injured.

A triage area was setup by rescue workers to care for the injured on the ferry landing at Pier 11 following a horrific ferry crash on January 9, 2013 in New York, NY.

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.

Map showing location of the Pier 11 ferry landing in lower Manhattan, NY where the Seastreak Wall Street ferry crashed, where as many as 57 people were injured on January 9, 2013.

“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