NY ferry in collision with pier

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A ferry has crashed into a pier on New York’s Staten Island injuring at least 60 people, officials say.

Emergency services are attending but it is not believed that any of those injured has been seriously hurt.

In 2003, 11 people were killed when the ferry Andrew J Barberi crashed into a pier on Staten Island.

In the latest incident the ferry, which connects the island with Manhattan, is reported to have hit the St George Ferry Terminal on Saturday morning.

A New York City Police Department (NYPD) spokesman told the BBC that the ferry had made a "hard landing".

The city mayor’s office said the injured were being taken to nearby hospitals.

A spokesman told the BBC it was "definitely" an accident, but wouldn’t speculate as to the cause.

The NYPD says there were between 200 and 300 people on board.

Police and fire department officials say they are unsure how severe the accident was or how much damage was done to the ferry, AP news agency reported.

One witness, Antonina Rose, said ambulances were at the Staten Island terminal, the New York Times reported.

"I felt this big boom, the whole building was trembling," she said.

Another passenger, quoted by Reuters, said the ferry was going too quickly as it approached the dock.

"I heard over the loudspeaker someone say ‘brake, brake,’ and it just bounced off," he said.

The Staten Island Ferry transports 20 million people a year between Staten Island and lower Manhattan.

This article is from the BBC News website. © British Broadcasting Corporation, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

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