New York Ferry crash: At least 86 injured in massive ferry crash at South Street Seaport

NEW YORK (PIX11) –  As many as 86 people were injured Wednesday morning after the commuter ferry they were riding in suffered a hard landing in a lower Manhattan pier.

According to officials, the 100-ton Seastreak ferry careened into the dock when it pulled into Pier 11 around 8:45 a.m. The boat appeared to hit one slip, then a second one, at high speed, according to a preliminary assessment of the crash provided by city officials.

Passengers were tossed around in a chaotic, bloody scene, with account of commuters thrown clear into the air and some down the stairs. Most passengers were seated at the time, PIX11 News has learned, giving some indication of the force of the crash.

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As many as 58 people were injured Wednesday morning after the commuter ferry they were riding in suffered a hard landing in Lower Manhattan.

Two people are in critical condition.  One person was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital for surgery after tumbling down a set of stairs and suffering a serious head injury.  Nine others are in serious condition.

“There were people on backboards everywhere, just looking . . .it was a terrible scene,” said Sheila Carson.  “One person was on the ground with a lot of blood nearby.”

Several victims were pulled out of the boat on stretchers and with bandaged heads as officials set up a triage area at the pier.  The accident tore a large gash into the hull of the ferry. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

Some 363 passengers and five crew members were aboard the ferry at the time of the crash. All passengers have been removed from the boat.

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Nearly two dozen people were injured in a ferry crash at the South Street Seaport Wednesday morning. The image above was taken from the scene. (@HustleCityInc via Twitter)

Two of the injuries were severe, officials said. Twenty of the passengers were “longboarded” on stretchers for spinal mobilization, while others who were taken to hospitals were brought in under their own power.

“(There were) units everywhere, patients everywhere, just grab and go,” said Long Island College Hospital EMT Boris Ladyzhensky.

An overview of the scene Wednesday morning at Pier 11

Those with minor injuries were transported to Brooklyn hospitals while the severe injuries were treated in Manhattan.

Ferry crash location

The ferry had departed from Connors Pier in Highlands, N.J. The Seastreak service runs high-speed ferries between New Jersey and Manhattan.

Seastreak LLC has a history of accidents and mismanagement, DNAinfo.com reported Wednesday.  Eleven incidents over the past decade include vessels running aground, equipment failures and an engine room fire, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB held a preliminary press conference in the afternoon.  Board member Robert Sumwalt announced that an 11-member team will begin investigating immediately, and guessed that the time-frame could be between five and seven days.

The team will start with all perishable evidence and will continue giving updates throughout the evening.  The NTSB will also give updates on its website and twitter feed.

Stay with PIX11.com for more on this developing story.

16 comments

  • Erika

    I am a nurse at NYU. NYU’s ER IS CURRENTLY CLOSED! Patients needing advanced trauma care will probably go to Bellevue. People looking for loved ones should look at NY Downtown or Bellevue. Not NYU!

  • J.pag

    ant. you are an asshole, what if one of your loved ones were on that ferry. And hopefully you are NOT the father. douche

  • Nancee

    This ferry accident is not a surprise. As the owner of a yacht charter company, I can tell you they refuse to slow down when asked, they cut across our bow and this was an accident just waiting to happen. We have begged the coast guard to have the ferry boats slow down but to no avail. Maybe this time something will be done. Doubtful but one can always hope that they will start caring about their customers safety.

  • Nikki

    ^^ ur the A**hole!! I agree wit Ant, There is no need to stop scheduled programs for hoursss, covering the SAME story ALLLLL friggin morning. OMG the only good thing about channel 11 is Maury & Steve Wilkos & we cant even watch them today bcuz a stupid ferry hit a pier!!! WHOAAA big news to cover & Isay thatwith much sarcasim! No one died & no one cares! Turn the news off already so we can watch our shows!!!!!!!!!!

  • frenchy

    Get over it it done you guys are running out of stuff to talk about who care about 20mph colision reverse trus bs .we now now put maury on and stop blablabla bs its not that important

  • frenchy

    i vote to keep this station on . now im starting to regret get off the accident no one care so boring listening to this news repeting not knowing what to say anymore time to f….g shut this down

  • nikki

    ^^ ur the A**hole!! I agree wit Ant, There is no need to stop scheduled programs for hoursss, covering the SAME story ALLLLL friggin morning. OMG the only good thing about channel 11 is Maury & Steve Wilkos & we cant even watch them today bcuz a stupid ferry hit a pier!!! WHOAAA big news to cover & I say that with much sarcasim! No one died & no one cares! Turn the news off already so we can watch our shows!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Littlefield

    Don't complain. Remember four years ago when they would interrupt daily programming to report that Obama was visiting a Starbuck's.

  • Margaret

    Wow. People have the attention spans of gnats. I understand we don't need to hear the same story 24/7, however, if there are updates on the injured, as a caring human being, I'd think you'd want to know.

  • urgent care tucson

    Injury as well as accident is always unexpected but it comes in our life unfortunately. The New York ferry crash was serious and dangerous. Injured people should take proper care for their fitness. Thanks!

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