Staten Island Ferry Andrew J. Barberi crashes, again

The Staten Island ferry Andrew J. Barberi crashed into the St. George Ferry terminal this morning, injuring up to 60 people, according to New York police.

The Staten Island ferry Andrew J. Barberi crashed into the St. George Ferry terminal at approximately 9:25 a.m. this morning, injuring up to 60 people, according to New York police.

Eyewitness Alex Gonzalez told CNN that the boat accelerated as it approached the dock, then crashed.

Authorities say 252 passengers and 18 crew members were on board.

The Andrew J. Barberi is the same boat that crashed on October 15, 2003, after veering off course and striking a maintenance pier at full speed, killing 11 passengers and injuring 65 others. The pilot, assistant Captain Richard Smith, 55, fled the scene and was later found at his home, where he twice attempted to commit suicide.

Smith was also at the helm of the Andrew J. Barberi when it crashed into the Staten Island dock in 1995, an accident blamed on propeller failure.

The Staten Island Ferry transports passengers between Staten Island and Manhattan.