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17 people injured on New York Waterways ferry in Jersey City

A New York Waterways ferry from Manhattan injured 17 passengers during a rough landing in Jersey City. (Dennis K. Johnson/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image)


Updated: Saturday, July 23, 2016, 10:25 PM

 More than one dozen passengers aboard a ferry from World Financial Center were injured with “bumps and bruises” Saturday evening when the boat made a rough docking in Jersey City, officials said.

The slam jarred the New York Waterway commuter boat, which was carrying 56 passengers. The impact at the Paulus Hook Pier at 30 Hudson St. just before 7:30 p.m. left 17 people hurt, most of with minor injuries, said Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill.

The Coast Guard said nine people were taken to local hospitals after the seven-minute ride from lower Manhattan.

The 110-foot-long, single-deck ferry travels across the Hudson River at least 15-17 mph, New York Waterway spokesman Patrick Smith said.

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“The boat is supposed to kiss the dock and this boat kissed the dock too hard,” Smith said.

None of the three crew members — a captain and two deckhands — were hurt on impact. Smith said the passengers walked off the ferry boat and met first responders at the end of the pier.

Nine people were hospitalized between Christ Hospital and Jersey City Medical Center-Barnabas Health including three passengers transported on stretchers.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the collision, but at this time it’s unclear what caused the private ferry operator to make a hard landing. 

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