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Dozens Injured in Staten Island Ferry Crash

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Emergency personnel attend to people injured in Saturday's Staten Island Ferry crash in New York. (Courtesy of CNN).
Emergency personnel attend to people injured in Saturday's Staten Island Ferry crash in New York. (Courtesy of CNN).

NEW YORK (Reuters/WTAQ) - New York's Staten Island Ferry crashed into a dock in the city's borough of Staten Island on Saturday morning, emergency services said.

Fox News is reporting at least 35 people are injured, one seriously.

"Emergency personnel are responding to a Staten Island docking incident," the New York City Office of Emergency Management said in a statement.

One passenger said the ferry was going too quickly approaching the dock. "I heard over the loudspeaker someone say 'break, break,' and it just bounced off," he told local media.

In October 2003, the ferry Andrew J. Barbieri crashed into the pier at the same terminal in St. George, Staten Island at full speed, killing 10 people and injuring another 70.

The captain in that accident, who was taking painkillers at the time, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The Staten Island Ferry transports 20 million people a year between Staten Island and lower Manhattan.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Chris Michaud: Editing by Eric Walsh and Will Dunham)

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