Around 70 Injured in Manhattan Ferry Crash

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 9 2013 4:30 PM

Around 70 Injured in Manhattan Ferry Crash

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A gash in the Seastreak ferry following its crash into a Manhattan dock during rush hour

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

UPDATE: The number of people injured in the morning ferry crash in New York has increased to around 70, but the one person considered likely to die has undergone surgery and is stable.  Eleven people were seriously injured when the Seastreak Wall Street that was coming from New Jersey crashed into a dock in lower Manhattan. Eleven people were seriously injured, including one who suffered a severe head wound when falling down a staircase, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The catamaran was built in 2003 but recently got a new engine and propulsion system as part of a major overhaul, notes the Associated Press.

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Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 11:30 a.m.: At least 59 people are injured, including one considered likely to die, after a crowded high-speed ferry carrying hundreds of commuters from New Jersey crashed into a dock in lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour. There were a total of 343 passengers and five crew members on the Seastreak vessel when it crashed, reports the Wall Street Journal. The 140-foot ferry had departed from Highlands, N.J. before the accident that caused a “gash in the starboard bow about three feet above the water line,” notes the Journal.

One person waiting for the ferry on the shore tells the Associated Press that right before the crash she had been chatting with an employee who apparently said the crew had been complaining about the vessel. "He was telling me that none of these guys like this boat," she said. "It was coming in a little wobbly. It hit the right side of the boat on the dock hard, like a bomb."

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.