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Staten Island Ferry Crash- 14 Dead

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  1. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton My P doesn’t have flats or tort Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Philly Suburbs
    :( :(



    NEW YORK, Oct. 15 — At least 14 people were killed and many more were seriously injured when a Staten Island ferry crashed into its terminal Wednesday, authorities said. The ferry’s captain reportedly jumped ship and tried to commit suicide.

    NBC AFFILIATE WNBC-TV quoted official sources as saying at least 14 people were killed as passengers jumped for their lives. Many dozens more were injured, at least 20 them critically. In addition to injuries they sustained in the accident itself, some passengers suffered hypothermia after they plunged into the water.

    “There were numerous injuries like fractures and lacerations,” Maria Lamberti, a spokeswoman for the New York Fire Department, told The Associated Press. “There were a couple of people with amputations — legs and arms.”

    WNBC reported that the ferry’s captain jumped ship after the crash and tried to kill himself at his home on Staten Island. He was being treated at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where his condition was not released. Unconfirmed reports said he slit his wrists and shot himself with a BB gun.

    The Coast Guard sent three rescue vessels and imposed a restricted zone 400 yards around the scene, a spokesman told WNBC. Rescuers pulled people from the water and were working to save others, some of whom were trapped in the wreckage.

    The ferry, the Andrew J. Barberi, has a capacity of 6,000. It was not at capacity at the time of the accident, but passengers had packed to the front as they prepared to get off at the terminal, WNBC reported. The injuries were aggravated by the crush of the crowd.

    “It was like an absolute horror,” Bob Carroll, who was aboard the ferry, told New York 1 cable news. “... The whole side of the boat looked like an opener on a can.”

    The ferry crashed into its slip at the St. George Terminal shortly before 3:30 p.m. as it arrived on the Staten Island end of its run across New York Harbor. Fire officials told WNBC that heavy winds, with gusts up to 40 mph, probably were a factor in the accident, which left a 40-foot-wide gash in the front of the vessel.

    Ferry service was suspended, and the lower level of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was closed at rush hour. Transit officials struggled to find alternative transportation for 70,000 commuters who use Staten Island ferries on a normal day.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg left the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox American League playoff game to visit the scene. He was expected to make a statement shortly.

    The National Transportation Safety Board said it would send a full investigative team.
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    It's aweful!!!I was driving to Brooklyn & wondering hwere all the emergency vehicles were going to & it was on every channel (except Fox5, NY vs Bos).
  3. Saw this on the news this morning - what a shame for those poor people!
  4. It'll be a while until they know all the facts, but they think that the pilot passed out or fell asleep, and didn't wake up 'till the ship crashed into a concrete pier.

    One guy, a 24 year old waiter lost both his legs. Poor guy. :(

    So sad.

  5. unharmed

    unharmed Iron Fishes

    May 19, 2003
    London, England
    I just saw a news piece here that stated that the captain attempted suicide before he was brought in by the authorities - awful events. Best wishes to all those effected.
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    So far, the news is stating that the pilot forgot to take his heart medication & blacked out.

    The pilot also fled the scene, went home, called his wife & told her, "I'm sorry" & slit his wrists & shot himself wwith a BB gun. :( He is in the hospital right now in IIRC, critical condition.
  7. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    this is sad. i'm going to be in NYC next week for a staff meeting; some of our people take that ferry.

  8. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Very tragic, please keep the pilot in your thoughts as well. Accidents happen to everyone, I cannot imagine having something like that on your shoulders.
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