Dozens hurt in New York ferry crash

 A victim of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry accident waits to be carried by stretcher to an ambulance. Picture: AP

At least 50 people were injured, two critically, when a commuter ferry hit a dock in New York’s financial district during rush hour.

A corner of the ferry was ripped open, and passengers fell on each other, screaming and crying.

Passengers aboard the Seastreak Wall Street ferry said scores of people who had been waiting to disembark were hurled to the deck by the impact.

“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,” said Ellen Foran.

Firefighters were still carrying people away on stretchers an hour after the crash.

More than 340 passengers and crew members were aboard the ferry from New Jersey, one of many that carry commuters to the island of Manhattan.

Dee Wertz was on shore waiting for the ferry and saw the impact.

“It was coming in a little wobbly,” she said. “It hit the right side of the boat on the dock hard, like a bomb.”

After the impact, the boat was able to dock normally and passengers raced off once the ramp came down.

“I think people just wanted to get the heck off the boat as soon as they could,” said MS Wertz.

In 2003 11 people were killed when a Staten Island Ferry crashed into a city pier after its pilot passed out at the wheel. Three people were badly hurt and about 40 injured when the same ferry hit the same pier in 2010 because of a mechanical problem.

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