New York City ferry crash: Who's liable?
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 3:09
- Date Jan 10, 2013
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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Hundreds of people since flying through the air when a ferry slammed into a dock yesterday.
You know just doing my usual morning routine sipping coffee when there is a tremendous.
Good and my head just slammed into the seat.
In front of me.
Everybody was on the back of the boat some people lined up on the stairs they were thrown forward.
And people were standing in this and standing areas around the attendance of the bar area where they serve breakfast those people got thrown around a lot of -- badly hurt.
While now investigators -- trying to figure out why it happened.
Joining us right now live from pier eleven New York City in New York City Fox's legal analyst Peter Johnson junior Peter.
We know they gave the captain's blood test -- that come out.
It appears that he was not under the influence of alcohol drug testing will take some time.
However New York city's been the -- -- some of the greatest ferry disasters in American history that general slocum disaster back in 1890.
12100 people died we know about 2003.
-- Staten Island -- eleven people died.
This brings into sharp focus -- safety at ferries in America about 200 million people use ferries to go back and forth.
To work in the United States and our -- system is known as.
One of the safest in the world.
However there's a lot of issues that are now brought to the forefront.
What about that data recorder why -- ferries were acquired like to see straight -- To carry data recorders the same type of data recorders that are on jet airplanes and we know what happens exactly.
Here at this very -- it appears that the very get the wrong -- Get this second slid hard and may have hit a bully.
In the the water.
So it appears that it was out of control we do not know why.
This particular story was out of control -- right so without those items and without that ability with these recorders.
Both cameras sure -- -- -- rely on the captains and any eyewitness accounts right.
And it Quetta that 400 eyewitness accounts -- the also is the issue of what early warning systems are there for people on ferries like this -- travel on this almost every day.
In the summer it is packed people stand on the staircase.
The arrival here at the point of of the the financial.
District here and in Manhattan and are standing there and I stood there unfortunately.
I'm hard to docking situations.
And your jarred to -- into this slip at ten or twelve miles an hour.
And only have two people critically injured.
Is a blessing in disguise.
People could have been killed as a result of this hard hard hit and I think the feds in the state of the city are going to be looking.
Hard at what they can do better to improve very safety in this bustling harbor behind me.
In New York City sixty is operating today but some of its bad writers.
A little bit concerned about.
Absolutely Peter Johnson junior thanks so much who -- investigators right all right.