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22 injured in cruise ship accident

Saint Laurent
Saint Laurent

Twenty-two people have been injured after a cruise ship crashed into a wall while entering a lock in New York state.

The US Coast Guard said the 286ft Saint Laurent was heading from Montreal to Toronto along the St Lawrence Seaway when it hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in Massena, near the Canadian border.

There were 273 people on board, including 192 French and Swiss passengers and 81 crewmembers.

The Coast Guard said 19 passengers and three crew members were injured. Officials say all were taken to the Massena hospital, where all were treated for minor injuries and released.

Officials say the water has been drained from the lock. Crews are assessing the damage before deciding how to remove the vessel.

The St Lawrence Seaway is a system of locks, canals and channels which allow ocean-going ships to reach the Great Lakes via the Atlantic.

The Saint Laurent is owned by Miami-based FleetPro, formerly International Shipping Partners.