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Staten Island New York Injury Lawyer News: 36 hospitalized after ferry crash

New York personal injury attorney Jonathan C. Reiter reports NTSB to probe whether mechanical error contributed to injurious Staten Island ferry crash.


Wiki Image: Andre J. Barbari ferry crashed at St. George terminal in Staten Island, New York.
Staten Island New York Injury Lawyer News: 36 hospitalized after ferry crash

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New York City, NY—Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are in the midst of conducting a full investigation into the Saturday, May 8, 2010 ferry crash that sent nearly 40 passengers to area hospitals. The injurious ferry accident occurred at Pier 5 of the St. George terminal in Staten Island, New York. While a mechanical defect appeared to have caused the 310-foot Andre J. Barbari to collide with a pier at the terminal, an extensive probe into the incident will be required to verify such theories. The Barbari is no stranger to disaster, as it was involved in a tragic crash in 2003, killing 11 people and injuring 70 others, as reported by the New York Times.

Reports indicate 252 passengers were aboard the massive orange ferry when crewmembers noticed something strange. As the 3,335 ton vessel veered closer towards its docking station, it did not slow down. Capt. Donald Russell jumped into action upon noticing the problem. The 27-year-old captain ordered “full astern”, which signals the crew to “completely engage the reverse thrust”. The 47-year-old assistant captain, Maqbool Ahmed, was piloting the ferry and subsequently followed the captain’s instructions. Capt. Russell, also sounded an alarm to alert the crew and passengers of the imminent danger. They were reportedly advised to brace themselves for impact.

At approximately 9:25 a.m., the Barbari struck the pier. Although passengers attempted to use railings and benches to keep from being hurled through the air, the force jolted them around violently. Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel were dispatched to Pier 5 within approximately 10 minutes of the accident. According to fire department authorities, 36 people were transported to Richmond University Medical Center and Staten Island University Hospital to be treated. Injuries allegedly ranged from bumps and bruises to broken bones and head trauma. Thankfully, no one aboard the vessel suffered any life-threatening wounds.

According to passenger Alicia Eason, visiting from Nashville at the time, “A second before we impacted, a ferry worker came over and said, ‘Brace yourself’… It jolted your whole body…[The ferry] didn’t slow down at all… I saw a woman holding her head. There was blood in her hand.” Robert. L. Sumwalt, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, noted, “It appears they did everything they could do to slow the vessel down.” NTSB officials are looking into the ferry’s electrical and mechanical systems. The full probe is expected to take up to 18 months to conduct.


New York personal injury lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter states if you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a ferry accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. With more than thirty years of experience litigating the complex claims of accident victims and their families, contacting the Law Firm of Jonathan C. Reiter with regard to your personal injury or accident case may help you obtain the compensation you deserve.



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