July 12, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 28

Cause of ferry accident still undetermined

Investigation ensued after the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Matanuska crashed into the Ocean Beauty Seafoods dock Monday, May 7, but the cause of the accident has yet to be determined.

“A report has been submitted for internal review,” Alaska Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Jeremy Woodrow stated. “There are several things that need clarification before any news can be released.”

As reported in the May 10 issue of the Petersburg Pilot, the M/V Matanuska was negotiating a turn in Wrangell Narrows prior to the accident as it prepared to dock at the Petersburg ferry terminal on its southbound trip.

The damage to the Ocean Beauty Seafoods plant was extensive enough that they have decided to forego fish processing for this season.

“As soon as the information comes to me I will make it available,” Woodrow said. “We are hoping to have a definitive answer soon as to the cause of the accident.”

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