Rainbow Bridge: No evidence crash, explosion was terrorist attack, Gov. says
Gov. Kathy Hochul said there is no evidence that the crash and explosion Wednesday on the U.S. side of the Rainbow Bridge, which connects the U.S. to Canada at Niagara Falls, New York, was a terrorist attack.
Earlier on Wednesday, a vehicle sped toward a border checkpoint at the U.S. side of the bridge, hit a booth, exploded and went airborne, Hochul said.
“You actually had to look at it and say, ‘Was this generated by A.I.?’ because it was so surreal to see how high in the air this vehicle went and then the crash and explosion and the fire,” she said.
The driver and passenger were killed, according to the governor. One of the victims was a western New York resident, Hochul said.
One booth agent was injured in the incident and was treated for their injuries at a hospital. They were released later in the day Hochul said.
“It was a very congested area,” Hochul said, adding, “It could have been very cataclysmic.”
Hochul said that the investigation would take some time as much of the vehicle was destroyed and debris was scattered over 13 booths.
“There is not a license plate,” she said.