A dozen people are injured after a Toronto Island ferry crashed into a terminal dock Saturday evening.
Toronto police said on Twitter that officers responded to calls of a collision in the Queens Quay West and Bay Street area.
“Ferry has struck the dock,” police tweeted just after 5 p.m., adding that there were reports of people that fell but nobody in the water. “A number of people are injured.”
Toronto paramedics told the Star they had 12 people with minor injuries, including two children, taken to hospital.
Police spokesperson Const. David Hopkinson said the collision occurred at 5:08 p.m. at the Jack Layton Ferry Docks.
“What caused the collision is under investigation currently,” he said.
City of Toronto spokesperson Alex Burke said the city is aware of “a ferry docking incident this evening involving the Sam McBride ferry that resulted in injuries.”
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“The City wishes all those hurt a quick recovery,” Burke wrote in an email Saturday, adding Toronto police are looking into the incident.
Ferry service has been reduced “until further notice,” he added.
“For the remainder of (Saturday), all tickets have been refunded and ticket purchases are suspended,” he said, adding there won’t be any service to the island for the rest of the day.
Burke said the “focus of operations is bringing passengers back to the (city)” from the island and that passengers “travelling between Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and Toronto Island should be prepared for a significant wait.”
“Staff are also working with Island residents to accommodate their travel.”
City staff will be conducting a full investigation, according to Burke. “Prior to resuming full operations, (we) will require an inspector to sign off on the proper safety procedures and measures.”
Ande Fraske-Bornyk is a reporter for the Star’s radio room based in Toronto. Reach her via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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