Cruise ship taking European tourists to Ontario crashes at NY Seaway Lock, 22 hurt

AP, ABC News -- Nineteen passengers and three crew members were hurt when a crew ship taking European tourists to Ontario, Canada crashed into a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, near the Canadian border, Friday ABC News reported.
Saint Laurent cruise ship accident
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The 286-foot Saint Laurent was about to enter a lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway in northern New York when the accident happened.

The ship was carrying "273 people on board, including 81 crew members and 192 passengers who are mainly French and Swiss nationals.", the U.S. Coast Guard told news reporters.

The ship's hull was holed during the impact.

According to Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin of the Coast Guard's Cleveland-based Ninth District, the lock's doors were shut to prevent the vessel from sinking.

Thereafter, the ship was declared stable, while the unharmed passengers were allowed to stay overnight.

Seven commercial vessels were deployed to compensate with the disruption of the service caused by the accident.

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