Passengers File Lawsuits in Wall Street Ferry Crash

Friday, May 17, 2013  |  Updated 4:13 PM EDT
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Ferry Crashes in Lower Manhattan, More Than 70 Injured

A rush hour commuter ferry with more than 320 passengers aboard crashed Wednesday morning as it approached a Wall Street pier. News 4's Greg Cergol reports.

Ferry Passengers Describe Crash

An eyewitness to the crash involving the Seastreak ferry that left from the Highlands in New Jersey describes the terrifying moment when another passenger got seriously injured. Brian Thompson reports.
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Several passengers who were on the commuter ferry that crashed into a Wall Street pier in January are suing the operator of the boat, their lawyer confirmed Friday.

More than 70 were hurt when the ferry carrying commuters from New Jersey slammed into the pier during the morning rush. The captain told investigators at the time that the thrust controls were not responding properly just before impact.

The law office of Hobbie, Corrigan & Bertucio said it is representing 25 of the 37 claims against Seastreak LLC for damages in the crash. The office said 14 of its claims are from passengers and 11 are from spouses of passengers.

Hobbie told the Asbury Park Press that his clients suffered injuries including post-traumatic stress and head trauma.

A spokesman for Seastreak said the company had expected the claims to be filed.

The NTSB is still investigating the crash.

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