NYC Ferry Crash: Captain And Crew To Be Drug Tested After Crash Injures 59 [Video]
With no reports stating the cause of the ferry crash that injured nearly 60 people Wednesday morning, the Coast Guard has administered drug and alcohol tests to the entire ferry crew.
According to Fox News, the Seastreak Wall Street ferry crashed into its South Street mooring in New York City around 9 am, leaving dozens injured, two critically. Those on board have commented that passengers waiting on board to disembark the vessel were thrown onto the deck when the ferry missed its mooring and crashed into the dock.
The Inquisitr reported earlier that emergency workers went quickly into action, and within the hour, “rescuers and emergency medical staff were allegedly using colored tags to denote the severity of the injuries.”
Fire fighters were seen setting up a temporary staging area on the dock, complete with stretchers and medical equipment. Though reports vary on exactly how many people were injured — and the severity of the injuries — those injured were reportedly being treated at the site, with others being transported to hospitals.
Once those injured had been counted and tended to, the Coast Guard allegedly administered drug and alcohol tests to the ferry’s captain and entirety of the crew. While alcohol tests came back negative, the results for drug testing could take weeks, according to Fox News.
One passenger, Ellen Foran, said people “tumbled on top of one another, hysterical and crying.” The Neptune City, NJ resident recalls, “We were pulling into the dock. The boat hit the dock. We just tumbled on top of each other. I got thrown into everybody else. … People were hysterical.”
Dee Wertz, who was waiting on shore and saw the impact, notes that the boat was “coming in a little wobbly.” After the impact, the boat docked normally, and people raced off the ramp to the dock.
“I think people just wanted to get the heck off the boat as soon as they could,” Wertz told Fox News.
The cause of the accident remains uncertain, although ferry company officials have confirmed that the ship’s propulsion system was recently upgraded.