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Commuter Ferry Hard Docking in NYC Leaves Dozens Injured

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- At least 55 people were injured -- two critically -- when a commuter ferry had a hard docking pulling into a New York City pier Wednesday morning.

The Seastreak ferry had 326 passengers and five crew members on board when it pulled into Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan just before 9 a.m.  It was coming from Conner's Pier in Highlands, N.J.

Passengers described a "tremendous impact" when the ferry docked.  The injured were taken out on stretchers and wheelchairs and covered in blankets.

One of the two people in critical condition was taken into surgery for a head injury.

The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a team to investigate the incident.

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