More than 50 people were injured after a ferry crashed into a New York pier. Two of the injured are reportedly in critical condition.
The commuter ferry from New Jersey made a hard landing while docking in lower Manhattan during Wednesday morning rush hour. A corner of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry was torn open after it struck a loading barge, which extends from the pier and is used for passengers to get on and off the vessel.
Passengers aboard the ship said scores of people who had stood up in preparation to disembark were flung to the deck.
“We were pulling into the dock. The boat hit the dock. We just tumbled on top of each other. I got thrown into everybody else. … People were hysterical, crying,” passenger Ellen Foran, 57 said.
Firefighters carried the injured off on flat-board stretchers, their heads and necks immobilized.
Around a dozen passengers strapped to stretchers were spread out on the dock, with emergency workers tending to them.
The president of the ferry company told NBC News that there were 300 people on board at the time of the accident. Many of the injured were who were thrown from their seats upon impact.
Passengers provided local news outlets with photographs showing shattered glass and other damage aboard the 130 foot long, 30 foot wide vessel.