Smashed cars, crumpled boat as Washington ferry rams dock
(Photos by Erika Schultz/Seattle Times via AP)
SEATTLE — Authorities say a car and passenger ferry crashed into a dock in Seattle on Thursday, damaging the ship.
Washington State Ferries tweeted that no injuries were reported, but passengers said some vehicles were damaged. The state agency said the Cathlamet ferry, which was traveling from Vashon Island to a dock in Seattle’s West End, suffered “significant damage.”
The Seattle Times reports that the upper left portion of the ship was crumpled. The boat was moored and by 9 a.m. the last vehicles had been unloaded from the boat.
No information on how the crash happened has been released.
West Seattle resident Jack Walsh said he heard the crash 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. His car was parked on the upper deck. As the ferry pulled into the Fauntleroy dock, she noticed nothing out of the ordinary. But then she told the newspaper she heard a “huge noise” ahead of her that kept getting worse.
“There was a lot of concrete dust,” she said. When she looked up, she saw that the side of the boat had been crushed and several cars in front of her were badly damaged.
Vashon resident Oskar Weiss, 17, told The Times he was commuting when “out of nowhere there was just a huge boom”. He said his car felt like it was sliding on the car deck. shoreline because it looked like we weren’t slowing down.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier said officers from the Puget Sound area deployed to the scene shortly after being notified of the accident around 8:20 a.m. They began investigating the cause and whether it was mechanical or human error.
Washington State Ferries operates car and passenger ferry service in Puget Sound and San Juan Islands.
The ship involved in the accident, the Cathlamet, is 328 feet long and can carry up to 124 vehicles and 1,200 passengers.