This morning the Seastreak Wall Street ferry crashed into the dock this morning at 8:45 a.m. According to reports the ferry was landing in Manhattan from New Jersey when it came crashing into the dock at 12 miles per hour speeds. Reports claim that there were an estimated 57 injuries out of the 326 people aboard the ferry, two of which resulted in critical injuries. One of the passengers aboard the ferry claims that it was a frightening experience indeed.
Ellen Foran, 57, shares that she was expecting her normal arrival when all of a sudden she felt the powerful crash. Soon bodies were flying and people were crying in fear and pain. After having taken this ferry daily for a number of years, she shares that this has never happened; and watching people fall all over one another was a terrible experience. 155 firefighters and medical professionals reported to the scene of the accident within 3 minutes of receiving the call for help from the ferry to access the injuries. Many individuals were taken to the hospital to receive the necessary treatments for their injuries.
One witnessed shared that as the ferry was approaching the dock it was apparent that it was unstable, and at the time of the crash it sounded nothing short of a bomb explosion. At this point the causes for the accident remain unknown and according to the Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board, they have already given the driver and crew members alcohol tests, all of which came back negative. While the drug tests will take a few weeks to process, they are uncertain as to whether that is the answer.
Whether you are a crew member on a ship or a passenger, in the event of an accident it is very likely that you will receive injuries as a result of the negligent acts of another person or a malfunction of the ship itself. In the event this does occur, contact a Houston offshore injury attorney at Arnold & Itkin today in order to fight for the compensation you deserve!