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Was This Ferry Disaster Caused by Lax Regulations?

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Was This Ferry Disaster Caused by Lax Regulations?

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Investigators looking into the October 15, 2003 crash of the MV Andrew J. Barberi are perturbed to learn that certain protocols weren?t followed ? and that this lapse was common among other ferries.


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Just two years after 9/11, the "Andrew J. Barberi," one of the largest ships in the Staten Island Ferry fleet, is on its way back from Manhattan when something goes horribly wrong. As the crew prepares to dock, the ferry slams into a maintenance pier at full speed, tearing its side wide open and killing 11 passengers. In a city still recovering from the devastating attack on the World Trade Center, some speculate that terrorism might have been involved, but interviews with the crew suggest another theory.

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