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US-Canada border tragedy sparks security closure

Washington, United States: On Wednesday, the bridge linking New York state and Ontario witnessed a tragic incident in which a speeding car crashed in flames – killing two people. This incident has sparked security concerns over the US-Canada border crossing, following which four crossings have been temporarily closed.

According to the reports by Reuters, after receiving detailed information, the federal and state authorities announced that there was no possibility of an act of terrorism. However, the authorities are still fishy and doubtful about the circumstances on the Rainbow Bridge. The reports claim that an investigation is still ongoing to determine whether it was an accident or intentional.

On Wednesday evening, the Governor of New York – Kathy Hochul, addressed the issue and told reporters, “At this time, there is no indication of a terrorist attack or threat to the public,” according to Reuters.

The reports also underscored that during a separate news conference, her remarks were echoed by local law enforcement and federal officials.

What does the FBI have to say?

Following the initial investigation into the matter, the FBI released a statement through its official X, formerly known as a Twitter handle. The post read, “A search of the scene revealed no explosive materials and no terrorism nexus was identified.”

The video of the incident has been circulating on social media by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. The short video has been shot through the security camera at the bridge.

The video shows the car coming from the US side at a higher pace and being exposed to flames after colliding with an object and flying into the air. The incident killed the driver and a passenger and a CBP officer suffered minor injuries – who was treated in a hospital and was later released. The details were shared by an agency official.

Who was killed in the car explosion?

The victims have not yet been officially identified by the authorities. However, CNN reported that the driver was around 56 years old and was traveling with his wife to attend a concert by the rock group KISS. The band’s performance was scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto.

Heightened security

This car crash has raised security concerns around the authorities as the incident has taken place amid the Middle East conflict and the US has been witnessing an increased flow of tourists due to holiday travel on the eve of Thanksgiving celebrations.

Closed border crossing between the USA and Canada | Credits: Getty Images

For safety reasons, the authorities ordered the closure of four border crossings, including Rainbow Bridge the Niagara River between western New York and the Canadian province of Ontario – the Peace Bridge, the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and the Whirlpool Bridge. Reports claimed that the crossings were closed for several hours as a precautionary measure and were reopened on early Wednesday evening, except the Rainbow Crossing.

The crossing is closed to carry out further investigation and maintain the safety and security of the general public. Hochul underlined that the security authorities have kept a closed eye on other international crossings.

In addition to this, the officials have also mentioned that security concerns have also increased in airports and railways managed by the Niagara-Frontier Transit Authority. Some of the locations around New York City were also at heightened security.

Eye-witness statement:

According to local media – Buffalo television station WGRZ-TV interviewed an eye-witness named Mike Guenther. He stated that he was walking near the bridge with his wife when a car came at high speed and caught fire after hitting a fence at the crossing.

Guenther said, “He was flying, over 100 miles an hour,” and expectedly was visiting Kitchener, Ontario. “It was a ball of fire, 30 or 40 feet high, never seen anything like it,” he added.

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