Cars smashed, boat crumpled as Washington ferry rams dock

(Images by Erika Schultz / Seattle Times by using AP)


SEATTLE — Authorities say an automobile and passenger ferry crashed into a dock Thursday in Seattle, harmful the vessel.

Washington Point out Ferries tweeted that no accidents have been described but passengers reported some vehicles ended up ruined. The condition agency mentioned the Cathlamet ferry, which was touring from Vashon Island to a dock in the West Seattle neighborhood, sustained “significant destruction.”

The Seattle Times reports the still left top aspect of the vessel was crumpled. The boat was docked and by 9 a.m., the last automobiles had been introduced off the boat.

No information and facts about how the crash transpired has been unveiled.

West Seattle resident Jack Walsh said he listened to the crash all-around 8 a.m., describing it as a “combination of a small explosion and screeching” that lasted about five seconds.

Anne Gfeller Higuera was on the ferry. Her car was parked on the upper deck. As the ferry pulled into the Fauntleroy dock, she did not discover something out of the standard. But then she explained to the newspaper she listened to an “enormous noise” in front of her that retained having worse.

“There was a whole lot of concrete dust,” she mentioned. When she looked up, she saw the side of the boat experienced been crushed and several automobiles in entrance of her have been seriously damaged.

Vashon resident Oskar Weiss, 17, explained to the Situations he was commuting when “out of nowhere there was just a massive boom.” His mentioned his car felt like it slid on the vehicle deck. “I thought that we ended up heading to go on the shore due to the fact it seemed like we weren’t slowing down.”

U.S. Coastline Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier mentioned officers from the Puget Audio sector deployed to the scene soon immediately after they have been notified of the crash around 8:20 a.m. They have started investigating the result in and whether it was mechanical or human mistake.

Washington Condition Ferries runs auto and passenger ferry provider in the Puget Seem and San Juan Islands.

The vessel concerned in the crash, the Cathlamet, is 328 toes extended and can carry up to 124 cars and 1,200 travellers.