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Dozens hurt in New York ferry accident

Published on Jan 9, 2013 11:44 PM
This aerial photo provided by WABC News Channel 7 shows emergency personnel at the scene of a ferry crash in Lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Jan 9,, in New York. The Fire Department says about 17 people were injured when a ferry from New Jersey struck a dock during rush hour. -- PHOTO:AP

NEW YORK (AFP) - About 50 people were injured when a rush-hour ferry packed with commuters smashed into a pier in New York City on Wednesday, firefighters said.

The accident took place at 8:45 am local time on Pier 11 in the East River in lower Manhattan, not far from Wall Street, the New York Fire Department said. The ferry was arriving from New Jersey.

"We are assessing 50 patients on the scene right now. We don't know what kind of injuries they have," an NYFD spokeswoman said.

Witnesses said the ferry was going too quickly when it approached the pier, perhaps resulting in the hard docking. A coast guard spokesman, Charles Rowe, said earlier that the cause of the accident was not yet known.

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