Lower Manhattan, N.Y. (MorichesDaily) — More than 70 people were injured Wednesday when a ferry from New Jersey hit a dock at pier 11 in lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning.
The Coast Guard, NYPD and city officials are investigating the crash, which happened around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at Pier 11 at South Street and Gouverneur Lane.
Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board interviewed the 36-year-old captain of the Seastreak Wall Street for three hours Thursday.
He says the ferry wouldn’t go into reverse when he tried to dock it. He also told investigators the engines seemed to have failed.
Investigators will determine whether the condition of the ferry backs up the captain’s explanation..
One witness said the ferry didn’t appear to slow down as it approached the dock and then heard a big bang, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported. But other witnesses told CBS 2′s John Slattery that the ferry’s approach seemed normal.
Passenger Richard Correra described a chaotic scene when the ferry hit.
“All of the sudden, the boat felt like it smashed into a wall,” he told CBS 2 New York.
“Dozens of passengers got thrown out of their seats, got thrown forward. Some were heading downstairs and just flew down the stairs and hit their heads on various poles and walls.”
The craft’s front, starboard side appeared to sustain significant damage in the cash — though the ferry was stable and secured to the dock.
A Seastreak official declined to comment moments after the crash.
The ferry line had a craft scheduled to arrive at Pier 11, originating from Highlands, NJ. That commute is a $26 one-way or $45 round-trip fare.
The craft reportedly had 326 passengers on board.
It was the Sea Streak Ferry, which provides daily service from Atlantic Highlands and Conners Highlands in New Jersey to Pier 11.
Seastreak runs several ferry routes, including a popular route from Atlantic Highlands to the Wall Street area.