Motorist crashes into ferry in Greenport

A ferryboat preparing to leave from Greenport was taken out of service over the weekend after an motorist struck the boat with his car on Saturday, Southold police said.

Southhold Town Police said Evangelos Catsoulis, 85, of Manhattan was driving onto the Shelter Island-bound vessel Manhansett, operated by North Ferry Co., out of Greenport just before 6 p.m. Saturday when he hit the accelerator instead of the brake on his 2006 Cadillac, police said. The car then struck the side of the ferry. Police said the force of the impact caused the Cadillac to turn sideways and also caused the car to hit another vehicle that was parked on the ferry.

The Cadillac sustained major damage and had to be towed off the ferry, police said. Catsoulis and his passenger were taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport for treatment. No charges were filed, and police did not have immediate information available Sunday on Catsoulis' condition. The boat was taken out of service for repairs Saturday, police said. North Ferry could not be reached about the incident or when the boat would be back in service.

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