Dozens hurt as NY Staten Island ferry hits dock

The Staten Island Ferry boat seemed to speed up as it  approached the dock in a light rain, according to passengers  and witnesses in the ferry terminal.

“It looks like it was a mechanical problem,” Janette  Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of  Transportation, said at a news conference.

She said it appeared that the captain was unable to slow  the boat as it approached the dock.

Sadik-Khan said 37 people were hurt in the accident,  including 17 who were sent to the hospital. But she said the  injuries were not considered serious.

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