Man’s Car Explodes at U.S. Border After Visit to Casino

Car Explodes at U.S.-Canada Border After Visit to Seneca Niagara Casino

Posted on: November 23, 2023, 06:18h. 

Last updated on: November 23, 2023, 06:33h.

News broke on Wednesday of a car explosion at the U.S.-Canada border, and initial fears of terrorism spread globally. However, as authorities investigated the incident, it seemed that the driver and passenger of the car were not involved in any terrorist activities. Instead, reports revealed that the occupants of the car had visited New York State’s Seneca Niagara Casino shortly before the tragic crash.

The car, a Bentley, struck a border station at the Rainbow Bridge at 11:27 a.m., resulting in the deaths of the 56-year-old driver and his wife. According to media and eyewitness reports, the vehicle was traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph before it struck a curb and guardrail, became airborne, and exploded after landing at a screening area. Massive flames followed, reaching heights of 30 to 40 feet, and debris from the car spread over the pavement at the bridge linking the U.S. and Canada.

Authorities discovered that the couple had made a stop at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino before the crash. A casino spokesman stated, “We are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation into the incident that occurred near the Rainbow Bridge.” The unnamed sources told news outlets that the couple may have gone to the casino to change money. Initial reports from CNN indicated that the driver may have suffered a “medical emergency” just before the crash.

Authorities later announced that the crash was not believed to be linked to terrorism, despite initial concerns. Nevertheless, the incident led to the closure of several bridges between New York State and Canada. Officials briefed President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the deadly incident. The crash also led to heightened security nationwide due to the risk of terrorist activities.

During the aftermath of the crash, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer suffered minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. An eyewitness, Dan Ziraldo, reported that he had just left a nearby stop when he witnessed the crash at the Rainbow Bridge.