After concluding that the two-vehicle crash that occurred at a Niagara Falls border post was not a terrorist assault, the FBI closed its investigation into the tragedy. The car sped through a junction, crashed into a median, and was propelled into the air before crashing into a row of booths and exploding at Niagara Falls’ Rainbow Bridge. The local police are now investigating the matter as a traffic violation.
The crash investigation has been redirected to the Crash Management Unit of the Niagara Falls Police Department. The unit said the probe would be lengthy because of the complexity of the incident. The victims were a husband and wife, according to an anonymous source who spoke with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity due to their lack of authorization to disclose the identities of the victims. Up to this point, no one knows who was in the vehicle.
As government authorities visited the scene and briefed U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Rainbow Bridge and three other bridges linking western New York and Ontario were closed after the incident. Officials attempted to allay fears on one of the busiest travel days of the year (Thanksgiving), hours after the incident occurred.
Investigators discovered “no link to any terrorist or criminal organization,” according to New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who made the statement later. There was no indication of terrorist participation in this incident, according to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Investigators swabbed the area, but he noted no signs of chemicals or compounds used in explosives. Approximately 6,000 cars use the Rainbow Bridge daily, as reported by the National Bridge Inventory of the United States Federal Highway Administration. Spectacular views of the falls may be seen from the brief steel bridge