Kathy Hochul Addresses Car Explosion Near U.S.-Canada Border, Dismissing Terrorism Speculations

During a press conference on Wednesday, Democratic New York Governor Kathy Hochul responded to a car explosion near the U.S.-Canada border, stating there was “no indication” of terrorist activity. The incident occurred around 11:27 a.m. when a speeding vehicle hit a barrier on the U.S. side of the Rainbow Bridge, crashing into a Customs and Borders Patrol booth and causing an explosion.

Despite rumors of a potential terror attack circulating after video footage emerged, Governor Hochul emphasized that, as of now, there is “no sign” of terrorist involvement. She underscored the importance of clarifying the situation during a time of heightened anxiety and stress levels.

Authorities believe the car was traveling from New York to Ontario, Canada, when it suddenly accelerated to 100 mph, colliding with a barrier and exploding upon impact. The two occupants inside the vehicle were pronounced dead at the scene, with their identities yet to be disclosed.

Describing the severity of the incident, Governor Hochul noted that the vehicle was essentially incinerated, leaving only the engine, and debris scattered across multiple booths. The investigation, involving federal law enforcement partners, aims to piece together the details and identify the car’s make.

A Border Patrol officer stationed at the checkpoint booth during the accident was treated for minor injuries and subsequently released from the hospital. Governor Hochul confirmed the continued closure of the bridge as the investigation proceeds, providing alternative travel options for local residents. While Amtrak temporarily halted cross-border travels, domestic flights from Buffalo Airport remain available, contrary to initial reports of suspension.

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