Crime Scene Photography · New York

Stampede caused by counterfeit ferry tickets leaves 3 dead and 60 injured

August 18, 1941
New York
The bodies of 2 women are covered after a stampede caused by counterfeit ferry tickets

The ferry meant to shuttle the patrons across the Hudson River was only capable of carrying 3,100 people. However, after admitting 1,400 on board it was discovered that nearly 5,000 awaited the journey. Thousands of counterfeit tickets had been made, and when the crime was discovered those who had not yet boarded panicked, believing their Sunday afternoon festivities would be canceled. Many clamored to the front of the line, hoping to be permitted on board and in the process three women were trampled to death and 60 people injured.

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