A ferry named M.S. San Francisco crashes into a Ferry Building dock. Photo courtesy Twitter user @verytiffany

A ferry named M.S. San Francisco crashes into a Ferry Building dock. Photo courtesy Twitter user @verytiffany

Ferry ‘M.S. San Francisco’ crashes into SF Ferry Building dock

A ferry boat collided thunderously with a dock at the San Francisco Ferry Building Friday afternoon.

Two passengers sustained minor injuries in the collision aboard the ferry bound from Larkspur when it crashed at about 2:30 p.m., which saw no one transported to a hospital, confirmed a Golden Gate Highway and Transportation District spokesperson, Priya Clemens.

Bystander video shared on Twitter shows dozens of onlookers crying out, “no!” and “oh my god!” as the ferry approached the dock, which came to a crash with a loud boom.

The ferry, the M.S. San Francisco, hit a guardrail and ruptured its hull, Clemens said.

“The guardrail thankfully did its work,” Clemens said.

The ferry was manned by a crew complement of five, including the captain, who has been with the district for four years, Clemens said. Though the boat can carry 750 passengers, there were only 53 aboard, she said. One complained of back problems and another had a bruised hip. No one on land was injured, Clemens said.

No long-term delays to service resulted from the incident, though M.S. San Francisco is out of commission while it awaits repairs. The cause of the accident is currently unknown, said Clemens, and an investigation is underway in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel captain and crew are undergoing drug and alcohol testing in addition to a full debriefing, which is normal protocol in a collision. The investigation will also include analysis of data pulled from the vessel’s onboard control systems, according to the bridge district.

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