Ferry crashes into Amsterdam quay, 13 hurt

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A ferry on the IJ river in Amsterdam (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Vitaly Volkov). (A ferry on the IJ river in Amsterdam (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Vitaly Volkov))

Thirteen people were injured when a ferry across the IJ river crashed into De Ruijterkade near Amsterdam Central Station on Sunday afternoon. The police are investigating what happened.

One person was taken to hospital with a broken wrist, Het Parool reports. A pregnant woman was also taken to hospital for examination. Everyone else sustained only minor injuries.

According to municipal transport company GVB, a technical defect may have caused the crash. "We have the idea that the left screw is broken, but we have to investigate that properly", a spokesperson said to AT5 and NH Nieuws.

The police had the ferry driver do a breathalyzer test. He was not under the influence of alcohol. 

The ferry service between Amsterdam Noord and Amsterdam Central Station continued running on Sunday, but with fewer ferries due to the police investigation at the scene. 

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