Boat passenger feared death in Philly river crash

Boat passenger feared death in Philly river crash

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FILE - In this July 7, 2010, file photo, released by CBS3 (KYW-TV) in Philadelphia, a barge approaches a stalled duck boat on the Delaware River resulting a deadly collision in Philadelphia. Just days before a civil wrongful death lawsuit goes to federal court, attorneys for the parents of two Hungarian students killed when a barge slammed into a tour boat in Philadelphia nearly two years ago released a new video of the crash. A spokesman for the plaintiffs� attorneys says the video, released early May 2012, shows the impact of the barge and tour boat from the Camden, N.J., side of the river. It was part of the official record compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigated the crash. (AP Photo/CBS3 KYW-TV, File) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES

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by JOANN LOVIGLIO

KMOV.com

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 4:43 PM

  PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A passenger on a sightseeing tour boat says she feared for her life after the vessel was overrun by a barge on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

Alysia Petchulat testified in court Monday about the accident that killed two Hungarian tourists. The victims' families are suing the companies involved in the crash.

Petchulat says duck boat riders seemed jovial as they waited for a tow in the minutes after their vessel stalled.

But she says no one was told to don life preservers as a tug-guided barge bore down on their boat. She says she feared death after the crash threw her into the dark river.

Attorneys for tug operator K-Sea Transportation and duck boat operator Ride the Ducks each blame the other for causing the July 2010 crash.

 

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