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Two dead after Rainbow Bridge crash at U.S-Canada border

Some updates have come out surrounding the explosion at Rainbow Bridge near the U.S-Canada border on Wednesday.

The explosion happened just before 11:30 a.m. on the United States side of the border.

Surveillance footage of the incident shows the vehicle speeding down a road before crossing over a median and going airborne.

Officials have confirmed that two people inside the vehicle died during the incident. A U.S Border Patrol officer was injured but has since been released.

Although the cause of the incident is unknown, New York Governor Kathy Hochul told reporters that there is no evidence of terrorist activity.

When the incident happened, officials closed three other Niagara border crossings following the explosion. Just after 5 p.m., the Whirpool Bridge, the Peace Bridge, and the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge have been reopened.

The Rainbow Bridge remains closed as authorities continue to investigate. It is unknown if the collision was an accident or was intentional.

Witness Mike Guenther said in an interview with WGRZ-TV in Buffalo that the vehicle was going well over 100 miles per hour.

“There was a ball of fire like thirty, forty feet high,” Guenther said. “I’d never seen anything like it. It was really incredible.”

Guenther added that about ten minutes after the crash, authorities had come down on the scene.

“My only concern was I hoped nobody else got hurt, because if anyone was in its way, they wouldn’t have made it.”

Ontario Provincial Police and the FBI continue to assess the situation.

CCTV from the Rainbow Bridge crash.
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