The 140 foot long, 417 gt high speed ferry Seastreak Wall Street allided with a pier in lower Manhattan Island, New York. The Seastreak ferry had made its crossing the East River from New Jersey with 300 passengers approaching near Pier 11. Instead of slowing down, the ferry struck the pier at 10 miles per hour. Over 70 passengers suffered injuries as they were thrown across the deck. Reports state many suffered neck and shoulder injuries along with cuts and bruises. Two passengers sustained critical injuries. The ferry suffered a gash in the port hull. No reports of pollution being released. The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the incident. Reports do state that all five crew members were tested negative for alcohol.
Other New York ferry accidents:
- In 2003, a Staten Island ferry hit a pier at full speed injuring 70 and killing 11 people.
- 300 on board… (nydailynews.com)
- Ferry strikes NYC dock; 11 seriously injured (sfgate.com)
- Ferry crashes into New York dock (bbc.co.uk)
- Ferry Crash at Wall Street Pier (nbcnewyork.com)