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

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

#BreakingNews Manhattan: Pier 11. Boat crashed into loading docks. EMS transmitting a Major Emergency 50 to 60 injuries via @nycityalerts:

— Einfal Group (@einfal) January 9, 2013

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

Ferry passenger says ferry made huge impact as it was docking twitter.com/JulieWestfall/…

— Julie Westfall (@JulieWestfall) January 9, 2013

NYPD says everyone is now off the ferry. Still lots of passengers laying on the dock. Press just got pushed off.

— Julie Westfall (@JulieWestfall) January 9, 2013

WABC TV showing a pretty big gash/hole in the side of the lower Manhattan ferry.

— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) January 9, 2013

More images from the scene:

20-plus are sitting or laying on dock cement. Others are being led away with help. Saw one responder in scuba gear twitter.com/JulieWestfall/…

— Julie Westfall (@JulieWestfall) January 9, 2013

MANHATTAN: U/D PHOTOS FROM THE SCENE FROM THE FERRY THAT CRASHED INTO PIER 11 INJURING 60 #911BUFF lockerz.com/s/275619361 lockerz.com/s/275619372

— 911 Operator (@911BUFF) January 9, 2013

I was getting off a ferry at the same dock as apparent Manhattan accident involving Seastreak ferry twitter.com/JulieWestfall/…

— Julie Westfall (@JulieWestfall) January 9, 2013

Jersey ferry hit pier and about 40 injured being triaged – massive city wide response at Pier 11 Wall Street Ferry twitter.com/JoeyBoots/stat…

— Joey Boots (@JoeyBoots) January 9, 2013

RT @juliewestfall: Another photo from Manhattan ferry accident twitter.com/JulieWestfall/…

— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) January 9, 2013

#BREAKINGNEWS more than a dozen injured when commuter ferry made hard landing into lwr manhattan pier @eyewitnessnyc twitter.com/TVMarci/status…

— Marci Gonzalez (@TVMarci) January 9, 2013

MANHATTAN: DRAMATIC PHOTO OF THE CHAOS OUTSIDE THE FERRY MOMENTS AFTER IT CRASHED INTO PIER 11. 60 INJURED. #911BUFF twitter.com/911BUFF/status…

— 911 Operator (@911BUFF) January 9, 2013

The damage to the ferry appears severe.

Here is the hole in the front of the #SeaStreak #Ferry. Hope no serious injuries twitter.com/DBTH/status/28…

— DBTH (@DBTH) January 9, 2013

Damage to ferry from hitting Pier 11…..I counted approx 30 injured – may still be more on ferry twitter.com/JoeyBoots/stat…

— Joey Boots (@JoeyBoots) January 9, 2013

10-60 Pier 11 K twitter.com/ManhattanMod/s…

— Manhattan Mod (@ManhattanMod) January 9, 2013

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

Update:

As many as 30-50 injuries are being reported.

BREAKING: Officials: 30 to 50 people hurt in NYC ferry crash, including 1 critical with head injuries

— Craig Stevens/ Radio (@cstevens790) January 9, 2013

Update:

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

Officials: 53 injuries, mostly minor but 7 serious and 1 person suffered a head injury in Ferry accident in lower Manhattan. @eyewitnessnyc

— Liz Cho (@LizCho7) January 9, 2013

CNN: FIFTY INJURED IN FERRY CRASH, ONE OF THEM “CRITICAL”

— Vaughn Sterling CNN (@vplus) January 9, 2013

One of the 300+ ferry passengers provided eyewitness reports:

Holy shit, ferry just came in hot, ran into dock, sent people flying. Looks like cuts & bruises twitter.com/erova/status/2…

— Chris Avore (@erova) January 9, 2013

Uh oh, panicy calling for fire department. Shits getting real. #nyc #seastreak

— Chris Avore (@erova) January 9, 2013

• @dafark8 I’m fine, I just took a back of a seat to the face but that’s it

— Chris Avore (@erova) January 9, 2013

@cowerks hah yeah man, for once I was sitting down so I was just fine. Lots of people went down though.

— Chris Avore (@erova) January 9, 2013

Update:

Another passenger’s take:

One ferry passenger to NBC News: “Full speed right into the pier.”

— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) January 9, 2013

The captain will undergo routine drug and alcohol testing.

NBC News: Coast Guard is on the scene at the ferry crash in NYC. Will conduct routine drug and alcohol test on the captain and crew.

— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) January 9, 2013

The latest injury reports indicate 57 passengers were hurt.

Per NYPD.”Soft numbers subject to change”more than 340 on board. 57 injuries.

— Paul Murnane (@paulmurn) January 9, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg is headed to the scene.

WNBC-TV: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg en route to scene of ferry crash in lower Manhattan.

— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) January 9, 2013

Could this be the launch of his War on Ferries?

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

Coast Guard responds to ferry allision at Wall Street Pier. twitter.com/USCG_NYC/statu…

— USCG_New_York_City (@USCG_NYC) January 9, 2013

A view from inside the hull:

#USCG investigates cause of ferry allision in #NYC. View looking out from inside the ferry vessel’s hull. twitter.com/USCG_NYC/statu…

— USCG_New_York_City (@USCG_NYC) January 9, 2013

A full investigation is expected.

Briefed by @ntsb on #ferry crash & plan for full investigation so that we can take steps to avoid future accidents 1.usa.gov/WtsZH9

— Frank R. Lautenberg (@FrankLautenberg) January 9, 2013

All crew members passed Breathalyzer tests.

All five crew members passed the alcohol Breathalyzer tests, officials say. #FerryAccident

— Eyewitness News(@eyewitnessnyc) January 9, 2013

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