NEW YORK (AP) -- A high-speed commuter ferry that crashed into a lower Manhattan dock had recently undergone a major overhaul that gave it new engines and a new propulsion system.
But officials said it was too soon to tell whether they played any role in the morning rush hour incident that left 11 people seriously injured.
The catamaran Seastreak Wall Street had slowed following a trip across New York Bay Wednesday morning when the impact took place.
In 2003, 11 people were killed when a Staten Island Ferry crashed into a pier on Staten Island after its pilot passed out at the wheel. Three people were badly hurt and about 40 were injured when the same ferry hit the same pier in 2010 because of a mechanical problem.
News reports say the Seastreak Wall Street catamaran ferry from Atlantic Highlands, N.J., banged into the mooring as it arrived. Officials say one person is in critical condition with head injuries.
Some patients were carried out strapped to flat-board stretchers, their heads and necks immobilized. About a dozen passengers on stretchers were spread out on the dock, surrounded by emergency workers and firefighters.
A corner of the ferry appeared to have been ripped open like a tin can. It occurred around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday at South Street.
A receptionist at Seastreak says she doesn't have any information but says company officials are at the scene trying to gather information.