Staten Island ferry slams into dock; dozens hurt
(AP) - A Staten Island ferry boat with a history ofaccidents struck a pier as it approached a terminal Saturday,seriously hurting at least one person and leaving as many as 35with minor injuries.
The Andrew J. Barberi hit the pier at around 9:20 a.m. as itapproached the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island.
Passenger Jason Watler, 30, of St. George, said he realized theferry was moving faster than usual as it approached the shore,became alarmed and began to run toward the back of the boat.
"It was not slowing down," he said. "He was going too fast."
Then, he heard a "a real big boom."
"I stumbled a little bit," he said. "People were screaming.People were crying."
Fire Department officials said some passengers were being takenby ambulance to hospitals. Others were being bandaged and comfortedby firefighters at the scene.
City officials were still struggling to gather information onthe crash and what might have caused it more than 90 minutes afterit happened. They said there were unsure how much damage was doneto the boat, which was still afloat.
Service on the ferry line was suspended after the accident, thenrestored by late morning.
The Andrew Barberi was also involved in a 2003 wreck that killed11 people. That accident also occurred at the St. George Terminal,when the boat failed to slow down and hit the pier at full speed.
The ferry runs across New York harbor between Manhattan andStaten Island.