More than 70 people were injured, two of them critically, on Wednesday when a ferry packed with commuters from New Jersey crashed into a dock in New York City.

The accident occurred around 8:40 a.m. at Pier 11 in lower Manhattan, near Wall Street, and involved a vessel operated by the firm Seastreak Ferry.

Two people were critically hurt and nine others suffered serious injuries, New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan told reporters at the scene. She said the double-decker ferry was moving at a speed of 10-12 knots as it struck Slip D on the approach to Slip B.

With a maximum capacity of 400, the ferry was carrying 343 passengers and five crew members at the time of the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident in cooperation with the Coast Guard, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Ten people were killed and 34 others injured in October 2003 when a ferry from Staten Island plowed into a pier in lower Manhattan. EFE