Ferry Crew Passes Alcohol Test
Cause of this morning's accident still undetermined
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2013 5:11 PM CST
Victims of the ferry accident are aided by rescue personnel in New York.   (Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – It's still not clear what caused a high-speed ferry loaded with hundreds of commuters from New Jersey to crash into a dock in lower Manhattan today. Police said the crew of the Seastreak Wall Street passed alcohol breath tests given after the crash. Scores of people who had been standing, waiting to disembark, were hurled to the deck or launched into walls by the impact, which came after the catamaran slowed following a routine trip across New York Bay and past the Statue of Liberty, passengers said.

"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," says one passenger. "People were hysterical, crying." Around 70 people suffered minor injuries, and for nearly two hours paramedics treated bruised and dazed passengers on the pier. The ferry, built in 2003, had recently undergone a major overhaul that gave it new engines and a new propulsion system, but officials said it was too soon to tell whether they played any role in the crash.

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Jan 10, 2013 6:50 PM CST
Another possibility is the crew might not have received enough training or time to become familiar with all the new equipment recently installed on the boat. We'll have to wait for the results of the investigation to know for sure.
Jan 10, 2013 6:54 AM CST
Want to know why media hasn't heard from the ferry crew? Because the ferry company's insurance company says the lawsuits won't be as bad if we don't see their faces and learn their names. The crew knows what happened. The media just hasn't gotten to them yet. Either someone in the crew did something crazy or stupid or the maintenance left the reversers inoperable.
Jan 10, 2013 2:49 AM CST
Did the Ferry Crew pass the Drug test? I am curious.