Investigators Say Human Error To Blame For Crash That Injured 80

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The National Transportation Safety Board released a full report Tuesday detailing their findings that a captain’s error led to a ferry crash that injured 80 people — four seriously — last year in Lower Manhattan.

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The Seastreak Wall Streetcarrying 326 commuters and five crew membersslammed into a dock at Pier 11 at South Street Seaport during the morning commute on Jan. 9, 2013.

Captain Jason Reimer “inadvertently” left the Seastreak Wall Street on a seldom-used backup system, investigators said. Reimer switched to the backup to correct a problem during the trip from New Jersey, but failed to switch back for docking.

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Investigators blamed Seastreak for “ineffective oversight” and said Reimer’s error was compounded by confusing controls.

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The board also renewed a call for data recorders on vessels.

This crash was the third ferry accident to occur in New York harbor in recent years.

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