Ferry collision in New Jersey injures 17 passengers


JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Officials say 17 passengers suffered mostly minor injuries when a privately-operated ferry struck a dock in New Jersey across from Manhattan.

Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill says the NY Waterway ferry made a hard landing and hit a pier just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Injured passengers were taken to local hospitals. Morrill says most injuries appear minor although three people were removed on stretchers.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier says about 40 were aboard the Peter R. Weiss ferry when the collision happened. He says Coast Guard response teams will seek to determine the accident cause and whether any pollution was released.

The private ferries transport passengers to various locations, many along the Hudson River in New York and New Jersey.

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