14 Injured in Staten Island Ferry Crash

Editor’s Note: FDNY EMS told JEMS.com that 750 people were evacuated from the boat; 10 yellow and 5 green tag patients were triaged, treated and transported.

NEW YORK – Fire department officials say a New York City ferry boat has hit a pier while docking, injuring 14 people. The injuries are minor.

The fire department says it appears the boat lost power before hitting the Staten Island dock Wednesday night. There’s no damage to the boat but some damage to the pier.

The Staten Island Ferry has nine vessels that carry commuters between Staten Island and lower Manhattan. The 5-mile, 25-minute ride is free.

In 2003, a Staten Island Ferry boat with about 1,500 people aboard crashed into a pier at full speed, killing 11 people. The ferry’s pilot had been taking painkillers and was suffering from extreme fatigue.

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