January 10, 2013

Mechanical Failure Suspected of Pier 11 Ferry Crash

By Jonathan Damashek

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The ferry that collided with Pier 11 on Wednesday morning, January 9, 2013, is already under investigation. Since yesterday morning’s unexpected disaster, it has been speculated that at least 74 commuters aboard the rush-hour ferry were injured, at least two of whom are now suffering from critical injuries. Already, investigations are under way to determine the exact cause of the ferry crash that sent many of its passengers flying on impact.

Reports suggest that the Seastreak ferry was travelling from Highlands, New Jersey close to 9 a.m. when it collided at Pier 11 near Wall Street in New York’s Lower Manhattan district. Before colliding at the pier, the ferry first destroyed a buoy that was floating in the harbor channel, approximately 40 yards away from the dock. In response to the ferry emergency, rescuers of the Coast Guard, FDNY, and NYPD all immediately arrived at the scene.

Only a day after the disaster, speculations are already suggesting that the ferry’s collision was the result of a mechanical problem experienced by the water vessel. Some speculators believe that it was the mechanical issue that initially caused the run-in with the buoy. Others, however, are under the impression that it was the buoy collision itself that prompted mechanical error, thus leading to the ultimate dock collision.

Seastreak executives have identified the captain of the ferry as J. Reimer – a 36-year old resident of New Jersey who has worked with the company since 1997. Although Reimer and his four crew members have respectfully declined to discuss the matter with investigators, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board has already publicly stated that investigators will be given the opportunity to speak with the crew members, and likely very soon.

Unfortunately, it is still too early to tell what will come from yesterday’s horrific incident. What we can expect, however, is to be provided with ongoing feedback from investigators, Seastreak lawyers, and passengers / victims of the ferry. It is only once the cause of the accident has been revealed that we can satisfactorily get answers to the many questions that have arisen in the aftermath of Wednesday’s disaster.

As more information continues to formulate concerning the Pier 11 ferry boat collision, the New York City injury lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger, Damashek, PC will be here to keep our clients and blog followers fully informed. We invest great amounts of time and effort into the injury victims that seek out our firm for legal assistance, and we are prepared to do so again for New Jersey and New York residents who might have been injured in yesterday’s Seastreak ferry crash. Contact us today for more information.