Ferry crash in New York City injures at least 70 people during morning rush hour Wednesday

Police: 11 people seriously injured

NEW YORK - Authorities say a ferry crash in New York City left 11 people with serious injuries, including one who suffered a severe head wound falling down a stairwell.

There were about 330 passengers and crew members on the Seastreak Wall Street when it hit a pier after arriving from New Jersey on Wednesday morning.

Passengers said scores of people who had been standing waiting to disembark were hurled to the deck by the impact.

"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, crying," said Ellen Foran, 57, of Neptune City, N.J.

The accident, which ripped open part the boat's hull like an aluminum can, happened at 8:45 a.m. at a pier near the South Street Seaport, at Manhattan's southern tip.

About 70 people were checked out at hospitals after the crash. Most of the injuries were minor.

Dee Wertz, who was on shore, waiting for the ferry, saw the impact.

"It was coming in a little wobbly," she said. "It hit the right side of the boat on the dock hard, like a bomb."

After the impact, the boat was able to dock normally. Wertz said passengers raced off once the ramp was down.

"I think people just wanted to get the heck off the boat as soon as they could," she said.

Ferries are a fairly common way to commute to work in Manhattan, an island separated from New Jersey and the rest of New York City by rivers.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

The ferry recently underwent a major overhaul that gave it new engines and a new propulsion system.