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Montreal's Saint Laurent cruise ship hits lock en route to Toronto

06/19/2015 06:45 EDT | Updated 06/19/2016 05:59 EDT
A cruise ship from Montreal collided with the Eisenhower Lock on the St. Lawrence Seaway on Thursday night, injuring 17 people and forcing the evacuation of the ship.

The injuries are all believed to be minor.

The Saint Laurent, a 90-metre-long passenger ship, was carrying 274 people at the time, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard. It was heading to Toronto.

It was travelling through the lock in Massena, in upstate New York. It entered the lock around 9 p.m. and hit the side of the concrete wall shortly afterwards.

The coast guard was called to the scene around 9:45 p.m.

The ship has been evacuated and will remain in the lock until it can be moved to a different location.

The cause of the collision is still being investigated, the coast guard said.

The Saint Laurent is owned by International Shipping Partners.

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