Two Dead After Car Explosion At Rainbow Bridge

Two people are dead after their speeding car crashed and burst into flames on the Rainbow Bridge, which links New York State and Ontario at Niagara Falls on Wednesday.

Officials reported that the car was traveling at high speed as it approached the bridge around 11:30 a.m. in downtown Niagara Falls in an area with several hotels and a casino.

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) assured New Yorkers that there was no need to panic.

“Based on what we know at this moment,” Hochul said at a news conference, “there is no sign of terrorist activity in this crash.”

Rickie Wilson, a Niagara Falls tour guide, was by his parked car nearby and witnessed the incident.

“I first thought it was an airplane. It looked like slow motion,” Wilson said. “I said, ‘My God, it’s a car. It’s a vehicle, and it’s flying through the air.’”

Surveillance video from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency showed the car traveling from the U.S. side at high speed, then hitting an object and flying into the air before crashing to the ground and exploding in flames.

An anonymous source who was briefed on the investigation reported that the two victims were a husband and wife.

A CPB employee who worked in one of the booths had minor injuries. The employee has been treated and released from the hospital.

Hochul stated that the employee was working in the booth and that “the booth literally protected that individual.”

“This vehicle basically incinerated,” said Hochul. “Nothing is left but the engine. The pieces are scattered over 13, 14 booths.”

All western New York bridge crossings into the U.S. were temporarily closed but have reopened, according to Hochul.

Despite initial concerns of a terror attack, the FBI has not found any connection to terrorism. They reported that no explosives were found at the scene and have closed their investigation.