The U.S. Coast Guard and New York Waterway officials are investigating a ferry that crashed into a Hudson River pier with 27 passengers aboard on Friday afternoon.
The vessel, called the York, departed from the World Financial Center and collided with the Owen Grundy Pier in Jersey City, several hundred yards from where the ferry typically lands.
According to the Associated Press, five passengers and two crew members were evaluated for injuries at the scene. Four of which, including the two crew members, were hospitalized at nearby Jersey City Medical Center. All were treated and released by Friday night.
"Nobody got hurt that bad. It was a lucky day," passenger Hatidza Becovic, who said she hurt her knees and elbows in the accident, told The Jersey Journal.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the accident and Pat Smith, a spokesperson for the NY Waterway confirmed the that all three of the crew members had passed one of the two drug and alcohol tests administered after the crash. The results of the second test will be available tomorrow.
Officials are yet to offer a potential cause of the collision, and a Coast Guard investigation is ongoing.
“We’re still looking at the investigation,” said Coast Guard spokesperson Ali Flockerzi. “Part of standard procedure for accidents in the water is to undergo testing for alcohol and drugs.”
Flockerzi also reports that the Hudson has not been polluted as a result of the crash.
The York is one of two ferries owned by Goldman-Sachs and is operated by the NY Waterway for public use. In operation since February of this year, the ferry could return to service as soon as Wednesday assuming it passes Coast Guard safety inspection.
“The Waterway does 200,200 landings in New York Harbor and since 1986 has transported 250 million people and we’ve never had a serious accident or any injury,” said Smith. "Any injury is unacceptable and any hard landing is one too many.”