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Officials: Criminality not factor in ferry crash

<p><b>STATEN ISLAND.</b> Investigators will spend this week looking for clues and interviewing some of the 252 passengers aboard the Staten Island ferry that crashed Saturday, but so far ruled there was no criminality in the crash.</p>

STATEN ISLAND. Investigators will spend this week looking for clues and interviewing some of the 252 passengers aboard the Staten Island ferry that crashed Saturday, but so far ruled there was no criminality in the crash.


Assistant Capt. Maqbool Ahmed was at the helm of the Andrew J. Barberi when it slammed into the dock at St. George Ferry Terminal. Two of the boat’s four engines abruptly stopped when the boat crashed, but no engine alarms went off, said investigators.


All signs point to mechanical failure, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday.


The same boat crashed in 2003, killing eleven people, and underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation.

 
 
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