A high-speed ferry crashed into a pier near New York's Wall Street Wednesday morning, injuring at least 57 people, leaving two in critical condition.
The Seastreak ferry, which was coming from New Jersey, slammed into Pier 11 at around 8:50 a.m., sending many commuters flying into the air on impact, the New York Post reported and 326 passengers and five crew members were on board at the time of the accident, according to CNN.
"The ferry came into the dock hard," Tom Wynne, Seastreak's spokesman, told Reuters. "When the vessel hit the dock, the passengers obviously fell."
The ferry captain's name has not been released, but Wynne commented that "all of our captains have a great deal of experience."
Emergency workers from the Coast Guard, NYPD and FDNY are currently on scene treating some of the injured, according to Reuters. Others were taken to the hospital, two with severe head injuries, nine in serious condition, according to a spokesperson for the Fire Department of New York.
Seastreak issued a statement on their website saying that "our thoughts and prayers are with those that were injured."
"Seastreak LLC will work closely with the federal, state and local authorities to determine the cause of the accident," the company added.
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg said that Deborah Hersman, the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, told him "that this serious accident will receive a full and thorough investigation."
“Ferry systems are crucial for New Jersey commuters, and the public must have every assurance that the ferries they ride are operating safely. I have every confidence in Chairman Hersman and the NTSB, and I know they will conduct a first-rate investigation so we can take steps to ensure that this doesn’t happen again," Sen. Lautenberg said in a statement, CNN reported.