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30 people injured after cruise ship crashes into wall

Published 19/06/2015 | 15:58

A man walks past the top of the Saint Laurent cruise ship Thursday, June 18, 2015, after an accident in Massena, N.Y. (Jason Hunter/The Watertown Daily Times via AP)
A man walks past the top of the Saint Laurent cruise ship Thursday, June 18, 2015, after an accident in Massena, N.Y. (Jason Hunter/The Watertown Daily Times via AP)
A New York state trooper swalks up a Hogansburg-Akwesasne Fire Dept. ladder used to rescue people from the Saint Laurent cruise ship Thursday, June 18, 2015, after an accident in Massena, N.Y. (Jason Hunter/The Watertown Daily Times via AP)

Thirty people have been injured, two seriously, after a cruise ship crashed into a wall while entering a lock in New York state.

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The US Coast Guard said the 286ft Saint Laurent was heading from Montreal to Toronto along the St Lawrence Seaway when it hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, near the Canadian border.

There were 274 French passengers and crew aboard.

The Coast Guard said 27 passengers and three crew members were injured. Officials say all were taken to the Massena hospital, where most were treated and released.

Two people remain in hospital with serious injuries.

Officials say the water has been drained from the lock. Crews are assessing the damage before deciding how to remove the vessel.

The St Lawrence Seaway is a system of locks, canals and channels which allow ocean-going ships to reach the Great Lakes via the Atlantic.

The Saint Laurent is owned by Miami-based FleetPro, formerly International Shipping Partners.

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