Ferry crashes into pier in NY

2010-05-08 18:23

kalahari.com

  • Accidents
    A resource for all Health and Safety professionals, particularly those who have responsibility for... Now R521.00
    buy now
New York - A Staten Island Ferry crashed into a pier at the dock in New York, injuring dozens of passengers, officials said.

Weather conditions were favourable at the time of the crash and human or mechanical error appeared to be the culprit behind the rough docking at the popular tourist attraction.

New York Fire Department spokesperson Frank Dwyer told AFP that there were 18 serious injuries and 20 minor injuries, noting that about 100 firefighters were involved in the rescue operation.

The accident took place at 13:25 GMT on a ferry carrying 252 passengers.

"The ferry collided with the pier while attempting to approach" the St George terminal, a police spokesperson told AFP.

Coast Guard spokesperson Charles Rowe told The New York Times that the crash took place after an apparent malfunction of the ferry's engines.

"As the ship was preparing to dock in Staten Island in St George, there was a steering failure and the ship collided with the dock," he said.

Emergency crews and ambulances crowded the terminal building as injured passengers were placed on stretchers.

Local media said the ferry that crashed was the Andrew J Barberi, the same vessel involved in a 2003 accident that left 11 people dead after the pilot passed out because he was taking pain medication.

Ferries connecting the southern tip of Manhattan to Staten Island transport some 20 million people a year.

Read more on:    us  |  accidents
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Table View 11:34 AM
Road name: Koeberg Road Northbound

DELAYS between Racecourse Road and Blaauwberg Road due to roadworks

Brackenfell 11:14 AM
Road name: N1 Outbound

ROADWORKS - right lane closed before the R300 Highway

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is the end of the month and there may be a strong focus on organising finances. You may have found a need to reconstruct or...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.