The Associated Press
A member of the Fire Department of New York uses his coat to cover a person on a stretcher in a triage area set up in the St. George Ferry Terminal in the Staten Island borough of New York on Saturday after a ferry boat struck a pier.
NEW YORK (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has
dispatched a team to investigate an accident involving New York's
famed Staten Island ferry.
The ferry malfunctioned this morning as it approached its Staten
Island terminal and smashed into a pier with a jolt that tossed
passengers to the deck and hurt as many as 37 people.
New York City's transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
says the accident appears to be the result of a mechanical failure.
She says the ferry's throttle failed to engage as it prepared to
dock and the crew was unable to use the engines to apply reverse
thrust and slow down. The cause of the malfunction is still
unknown. The ferry, carrying 252 passengers and 18 crew, was moving at about 5 miles per hour when it hit.
The Department of Transportation describes damage to the vessel
and terminal and slip as minor.
The 310-foot-long Andrew J. Barberi has a history of accidents,
including a 2003 wreck that killed 11 people. That accident was
blamed on human error.
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