Shortly after 3 p.m. on October 15, 2003, a ferry struck a concrete pier in Staten Island killing at least 10 passengers and injuring 42 others, many critically. According to eyewitnesses, the 310-foot-long ferry was about to dock at Staten Island when the vessel struck a pier surrounded by wooden pilings. The pilings cut the ferry's port side, ripping steel and windows as the vessel moved ahead. Passengers told investigators the ship failed to slow down before the collision and neither the captain nor the crew issued a warning.
One person reportedly lost a leg during the collision while several others had crushed limbs amputated hours later. After the accident, the captain left the scene and attempted to commit suicide. He is in critical condition at a New York hospital. All crew members are being tested for alcohol and other drugs. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board launched an immediate investigation into the cause of the crash.
If you or a family member was injured in the Staten Island ferry accident on October 15, 2003, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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