Police look into whether sun glare was factor in kayak crash


NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities are looking into whether sun glare was a factor in an accident in which a ferry departing a Manhattan pier slammed into a group of kayakers, critically injuring one.

Police say 10 people in eight kayaks were paddling down the Hudson River Thursday evening on a sunset excursion when they were struck by a NY Waterway ferry.

Five people were hurt. An employee of the Manhattan Kayak Company suffered the most serious injury. His arm was partially severed.

Authorities do not yet know what caused the crash, but say they’re investigating whether sun glare played a role.

A spokesman for NY Waterway says it’s cooperating with police and the Coast Guard.

A message left with the Manhattan Kayak Company was not immediately returned.

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