Investigation Into Ferry Crash Continues

Monday, May 10, 2010

Federal investigators have finished their third day investigating Saturday's Staten Island Ferry crash -- but have yet to draw any conclusions about what caused it.

A member of the National Transportation Safety Board, Robert Sumwalt, told reporters that the the ferry's crew appeared to be trying to control the ferry in the last moments before the vessel collided with the dock on the Staten Island side. Sumwalt also said the ferry's captain slammed down the throttle in reverse but that the engines didn't appear to respond.

Saturday was the first time the captain and the assistant captain worked together, and it was only the second round trip of the day. However, investigators said there didn't appear to be any tension or problems between the two of them.

The board conducted seven interviews with crew and passengers today and also inspected the propulsion system underwater. It appeared undamaged. They continue with more interviews tomorrow.

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