SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This morning, the Coast Guard is awaiting the result of drug and alcohol tests from the crew of a packed ferry boat that crashed into Pier 41 in San Francisco. The accident sent 10 passengers to the hospital.
It was just before 6 p.m. Sunday when the crash occurred. The ferry boat Peralta was carrying 230 passengers and heading to Oakland when it hit a piling at Pier 41.
Darryl Pham was riding on the ferry when the accident happened.
"I kind of saw it coming. A lot of people didn't, and it just hit the pylon and I saw kids flying, and it was pretty bad," said Pham.
Passengers described the accident as a very strong jolt that knocked some of them off their feet. The injured are suffering mild to moderate neck and back injuries.
It's unclear why the boat backed into a fixed object. The Coast Guard examined the ferry and said there are no mechanical issues. The Peralta has been cleared to go back into service.
10 hospitalized in San Francisco ferry accident