Commuter ferry accident injures at least a dozen people in lower Manhattan; Update: 57 reportedly injured; Passenger: ‘Full speed right into the pier’

Multiple injuries are being reported after a commuter ferry reportedly hit a dock during a “hard landing” in lower Manahattan this morning.

A passenger reports that the impact was “huge” as the ferry landed at South Street’s Pier 11.

More images from the scene:

The damage to the ferry appears severe.

Twitchy will monitor this developing story and update as more information becomes available.

Update:

As many as 30-50 injuries are being reported.

Update:

Eyewitness News anchor Liz Cho reports 53 injuries, 7 serious, including a head injury.

One of the 300+ ferry passengers provided eyewitness reports:

Update:

Another passenger’s take:

The captain will undergo routine drug and alcohol testing.

The latest injury reports indicate 57 passengers were hurt.

Mayor Bloomberg is headed to the scene.

Could this be the launch of his War on Ferries?

A close-up pic of the ferry damage, via the Coast Guard:

A view from inside the hull:

A full investigation is expected.

All crew members passed Breathalyzer tests.

  • Justin Case

    Should read at least a dozen personal injury lawsuits will be filed today.

  • Justin Case

    Should read at least a dozen personal injury lawsuits will be filed today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    I want a ban on ferries right now!

    • bonnieblue2A

      At least no ferries with carrying capacities of more than 5 passengers. Surely Nanny Bloomberg will stand behind this high capacity ban just as he has with big gulps, baby formula, and firearms magazines. Remember, always blame the tool and not the person behind it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marcy-Cook/1001619613 Marcy Cook

    I want a ban on ferries right now!

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    we need to ban ferries and piers (see how I fit musket morgan in there ?? :) ) now.
    we also need to get lohud.com to print out a map of all ferry users in that county.

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    we need to ban ferries and piers (see how I fit musket morgan in there ?? :) ) now.
    we also need to get lohud.com to print out a map of all ferry users in that county.

  • Jack Deth

    I wonder how many people seeing an opportunity, clambered ONTO the ferry to claim Whiplash?

    Happens all the time in any major city where a Metro or transit bus has an accident on a crowded thoroughfare.

  • Jack Deth

    I wonder how many people seeing an opportunity, clambered ONTO the ferry to claim Whiplash?

    Happens all the time in any major city where a Metro or transit bus has an accident on a crowded thoroughfare.

  • tredglx

    Wishing the best for everyone on the ferry.
    Is anyone else remembering the scene from Forrest Gump where he jumps off the shrimp boat after seeing Lt. Dan, and it rams the pier?

  • Joe W.

    Isn’t that an “assault ferry”????

  • TomJB

    Hope before the captain goes in for his urinalysis, they do a quick check of his cell phone for incoming and outgoing texts just before they hit.

  • http://twitter.com/kml4ndry Kevin

    Why ban ferries? I blame mass transit. If not for mass transit, only the driver would have been injured! Join me in banning all forms of mass transit and limit the number of injuries per occurrence!

  • http://tribulationpress.wordpress.com tribulationpress

    Reblogged this on TribPress News.

  • Dave Silva

    just another day in liberalville, liberals do something stupid, more liberals hurt.