NEW YORK -- A commuter ferry hit a dock while arriving in lower Manhattan on Wednesday, and several people were injured and carried away on stretchers.
The extent of the injuries was not immediately clear, but the ferry, the Seastreak Wall Street, had a large gash on its front right side, close to where passengers would have gathered to disembark. Some of the passengers were sitting upright on the dock where emergency workers had gathered, with bandages on their heads. Other passengers were strapped to stretchers and taken off the dock. Several could be seen walking off the dock, leaning on emergency workers. None of the injured appeared to be unconscious.
According to information on its website, Seastreak provides daily service from suburban New Jersey to lower Manhattan and to East 35th Street in Manhattan. Its fleet includes at least three boats, and the Seastreak Wall Street is the largest, with three decks and a capacity of about 500 people.
It was not immediately clear how many people were on the ferry, which had come from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., and which hit the dock at Pier 11 in Manhattan's financial district shortly before 9 a.m. EST. Rescue workers immediately arrived at the dock, placing white blankets over the injured.