10 Jan 2013

Pier hit by Manhattan ferry

1:30 pm on 10 January 2013

A passenger ferry in New York has hit a dock during the Manhattan morning rush hour, injuring 57 people and damaging the vessel.

The Seastreak Wall Street hit the mooring as it docked at Pier 11 on the East River at 8:45am on Wednesday after a trip from New Jersey. The BBC reports some of its hull was ripped, but the vessel remained afloat.

One person is reported to have suffered a serious head injury.

More than a dozen passengers were seen lying on dockside stretchers under blankets as they awaited medical attention on a chilly morning.

"We don't know what happened," a passenger told the New York Daily News. "The boat hit something, and we went flying. People were bleeding all over the place."

A woman who witnessed the crash from the dock told CBS News the boat did not appear to have been coming in at high speed, but said "it was a very hard hit".

Manhattan is served by several commuter ferry lines. In 2003, 11 people were killed and dozens injured when a ferry crashed into a pier on Staten Island. Dozens more were injured in a State Island ferry crash in 2010.