The New York ferry crash Wednesday left 57 injured. The Seastreak ferry left Highlands, NJ carrying 343 passengers early this morning and crashed into Pier 11 at a Wall Street. Early reports suggest the ferry boat was moving at a fast clip when it made a hard docking.
According to a Jan. 9 report from NBCNewYork, about the Seastreak ferry crash, authorities initially thought the injuries were minor. However, a closer investigation revealed that as many as 50 or more people were injured, two in critical condition. Crew members are among the injured.
There are mixed reports about the speed of the vessel, capable of speeds of 38-knots or 50 to 55 mph. Some people report the ferry was moving at "top speed." However, others refute those estimates in the New York ferry crash.
Nonetheless, it was moving fast enough to cause physical damage and jolt passengers out of their seats and into walls.
The number of injuries in the Seastreak crash is a testament to the significant impact even a jolt in close quarters can have.
At any given day, during rush hour, there are numerous vessels moving through the area due to increased marine traffic.
The route takes about 40 to 45 minutes and was a popular route to lower Manhattan. Many New Jersey residents credit it with being a huge reason for living in the area.
Authorities say a drug and alcohol screening will be conducted for the captain in the New York ferry crash.
Seastreak says that its testing standards meet or exceed requirements regarding employees operating marine vessels.
Stay tuned for more on the New York ferry boat crash of the Seastreak by subscribing above.