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Investigators looking into high-speed ferry crash

  • Article by: COLLEEN LONG and DAVID B. CARUSO
  • Associated Press
  • January 10, 2013 - 1:28 AM

NEW YORK - A high-speed commuter ferry that crashed into a lower Manhattan dock had recently undergone a major overhaul that gave it new engines and a new propulsion system.

But officials said it was too soon to tell whether they played any role in the morning rush hour incident that left 11 people seriously injured.

The catamaran Seastreak Wall Street had slowed following a trip across New York Bay Wednesday morning when the impact took place.

In 2003, 11 people were killed when a Staten Island Ferry crashed into a pier on Staten Island after its pilot passed out at the wheel. Three people were badly hurt and about 40 were injured when the same ferry hit the same pier in 2010 because of a mechanical problem.

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