Friday 18 April 2014

New York rush-hour ferry crash injures 57

MORE than 50 people were injured when a New York commuter ferry crashed into a pier near Wall Street during morning rush hour.

Two were in a critical condition after the crash. In total, 57 of the 326 passengers on board were treated for injuries with many carried off on stretchers and taken to local hospitals.

The 140ft SeaStreak Wall Street, carrying commuters from New Jersey, was said to have been travelling at about 10 knots when it crashed into the dock at Pier 11. It was left with a large gash in its side.

"We just tumbled on top of each other," said Ellen Foran (57) of Neptune City, one of the passengers.

A spokesman for SeaStreak, the company which operates the ferry, said yesterday that their "thoughts and prayers" were with the injured and that they would work with the authorities to find out how the accident happened. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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