According to the New York Fire Department, a high speed Seastreak ferry carrying at least 300 people crashed into a dock Wednesday morning in lower Manhattan throwing people forward and onto the floor resulting in at least 17 people being injured with some being treated at the scene by paramedics and others who were more severely injured being transported to local hospitals.
"There was a jolt when that occurred, throwing the people forward into their seats and the walls," SeaStreak President James Barker told NBC 4 New York.
A spokesperson for FDNY said the ferry being operated by Seastreak, "hit the deck."
Seastreak President James Barker told NBC 4 New York that the ferry departed from the Connner's Pier in Highlands, N.J. at 8 a.m. Officials with the New York Waterway tweeted that it is unclear what caused the accident at Manhattan's Pier 11.
The Seastreak is a high speed ferry that is 140 feet long and 30 feet wide which can hold up to 505 passengers. A spokesperson for the ferry confirmed to NBC News that the situation is currently being investigated.
According to the Seastreak website the commuter service provides "daily, year-round ferry services from Atlantic Highlands and Conners Highlands, NJ to Pier 11 Wall Street, East 35th Street and shuttle service to the World Financial Center."
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