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At least 50 injured in New York City ferry crash

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Posted at 10:33 AM, Jan 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-09 10:33:32-05

By David Ariosto, CNN

NEW YORK (CNN) — At least 50 people were injured Wednesday morning after a ferry crashed into a dock in Lower Manhattan, New York, authorities said.

One person is in critical condition and being treated at a nearby hospital, said police spokeswoman Sophia Tassie.

Emergency crews carted several passengers on stretchers toward ambulances. There was a gash on the front of the ship, and support boats circled the area.

“There was a large jolt,” passenger Elizabeth Banta said. “It felt like we were in a car crash. … Several people were thrown into the air and onto the ground.”

The Seastreak ferry travels between New Jersey and Pier 11 near Wall Street, carrying roughly 400 passengers.

In 2010, a ferry boat that apparently had mechanical problems crashed into the Staten Island Ferry terminal, leaving at least 36 people injured, including one seriously.

That ferry, the Andrew J. Barberi, was the same vessel involved in an October 2003 crash that killed 11 people and injured 42.

CNN’s Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.