Hard-Hit on Docks Sends Passengers Tumbling
AT LEAST 50 PASSENGERS WERE INJURED Wednesday morning when a commuter ferry struck a dock hard in lower Manhattan. The high-speed commuter boat operated by Seastreak was approaching the dock while the passengers, preparing to debark, were standing on the deck. The hard hit sent them tumbling to the deck, injuring about 59 (at latest count), two of them critically.
CBS News continues:
Richard Correra told CBS News, "All of the sudden, the boat felt like it smashed into a wall," he told WCBS-TV. "Dozens of passengers got thrown out of their seats, got thrown forward. Some were heading downstairs and just flew down the stairs and hit their heads on various polls and walls."
The accident, which ripped open part the boat's hull like an aluminum can, happened at 8:45 a.m. at a pier near the South Street Seaport, at Manhattan's southern tip. Firefighters were still carrying people away on flat-board stretchers an hour after the crash.
More than 340 passengers and crew members were aboard the ferry, which had arrived from Atlantic Highlands, N.J.
Dee Wertz, who was on shore, waiting for the ferry, saw the impact. "It was coming in a little wobbly," she said. "It hit the right side of the boat on the dock hard, like a bomb."
FoxTV WNYW has footage from the scene:
The New York Times has more details HERE.
Thanks to Mark D.
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