UPDATE: Authorities Investigating Crash & Explosion At Rainbow Bridge

Latest Update:

New York Governor Kathy Hochul says there is no evidence at this time that the explosion at the Rainbow Bridge was a terrorist attack:

Video has been released showing a car airborne before smashing into the border checkpoint:

Previous updates:

There are conflicting claims surrounding the crash and explosion at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls.

Fox News initially reported that the explosion at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara falls was an “attempted terrorist attack.”

You can watch the report below:

“Fox reports that the “vehicle explosion” at Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls between U.S. and Canada was an “attempted terrorist attack” with “a lot of explosives in the vehicle at the time.””

Fox News has since backed off that claim:

“UPDATE — Fox News is walking back its own reporting on the vehicle crash at the US-Canada border:

“We told you earlier there was an explosion because there were explosives in the car and now authorities are walking that back.””

Multiple reports indicates the two people inside the vehicle died, while a border patrol officer was injured. Those details – two deaths and an injured border patrol officer.

It also appears the vehicle was heading from the United States to Canada.

Notably, Canadian media reports also indicated the Canadian government is “operating under the assumption that the incident and the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls is terror-related”:

However, conflicting reports have emerged.

According to Reuters, sources claim a ‘reckless driver’ was the cause of the crash/explosion:

“Nov 22 (Reuters) – An explosion at on Wednesday at the Rainbow Bridge connecting the United States and Canada at Niagara Falls on Wednesday was likely caused by a reckless driver, according to early assessments, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.”

An NBC News report, citing 4 officials, says secondary explosives were not found at the scene, contradicting the reporting by Fox News:

“The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the structure, caught fire and exploded. An initial search did not find a secondary explosive or device, the law enforcement officials said, noting this was preliminary information.”

The OPP Highway Safety Division also gave a general update on the overall situation:

More details as they emerge.

Spencer Fernando

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