The Staten Island Ferry crashed into a dock Saturday afternoon injuring over 55 people, when it arrived at the Staten Island ferry docks from Manhattan Island, New York City.
A reported 252 people were on the ferry when it failed to stop before slamming into the main ferry dock. There were no fatalities, but dozens of injuries, reported CNN.
“It just slammed right into the dock. There was a young lady with her child that flew, literally,” Alex Gonzalez told NY 1 News.
Medical crews arrived quickly on the scene. Paramedics began transporting those injured in stretchers and wheelchairs within 15 minutes of the crash.
Mechanical problems reportedly are to blame. A high volume of tourists are in town every weekend through out the Spring and Summer months in New York. Many vacation plans for New York City involve a trip on the Staten Island Ferry, not to mention the commuters that use it daily. The image of a malfunctioning ship that is a threat to riders will carries a negative image , and may hurt use of the service.
The Staten Island Ferry last crashed while transporting people in 2003, killing eleven.