Staten Is. ferry crashes into dock

STATEN, NY—-A STATEN Island Ferry boat crashed into a dock on the Staten Island, New York this morning around 9:30 am.

Early report by NY news indicate up to 60 people are injured, 10 of them seriously injured.

Reporters on the scene said the boat was not taking on water.

The ferry runs across New York harbor between Manhattan and Staten Island.It transports about 60,000 passengers a day.

Some passengers were being taken by ambulance to area hospitals. Others were being bandaged and comforted by firefighters at the scene, according to the Associated Press.

Passenger Alex Gonzalez said that the ferry sped up before crashing into the dock.

“As soon as it crashed it pushed the whole dock in, the bridge and everything,” he said. Gonzalez said a woman with a child was thrown about 10 feet by the crash.

“An old lady next to me looked like she was having a heart attack. It was scary,” he said.

Asked what was going through his mind at the time of the crash, Gonzalez said: “I hope I don’t die.”

Witnesses say the boat actually sped up before reaching the dock. A witness at the terminal said everyone went running out of the terminal, thinking the boat was going to crash right through it.

A witness on the ferry said people flew across the floor as the boat hit the dock.

In 2003, the same ferry — the Andrew J. Barberi — crashed into a concrete pier on the Staten Island side in October 2003, killing 11 people and injuring 71.The boat was out of service until July 2004.

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