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Rainbow Bridge Stays Closed Day after Deadly Explosion

Rainbow Bridge Stays Closed: After a fatal car explosion on Wednesday, the usually bustling Rainbow Bridge border crossing between Canada and the United States is still closed for another day (opens in a new tab).

Yesterday, shortly before 11:30 a.m., there was an explosion on the U.S. side of the crossing that connects Ontario and New York State, resulting in the deaths of two persons.

Rainbow Bridge Stays Closed Day after Deadly Explosion

Rainbow Bridge Stays Closed

Officials said that a car drove quickly up to a border post before veering off the road, flying over a median, and taking off.

Officials have later stated they are considering the event as a traffic incident, however, at first they were treating it as terrorism(opens in a new tab).

The governor of New York described the incident’s published security footage as “surreal.”

Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, stated that local law enforcement was “actively engaged” in evaluating the circumstances and collaborating with U.S. officials as needed.

The four border crossings in the Niagara Region were closed due to the deadly occurrence on the eve of the popular American Thanksgiving holiday. U.S. estimates indicate that around 6,000 automobiles cross the rainbow bridge every day. However, the figure on Thanksgiving of last year was 11,933, nearly twice as high.

What to Know About Rainbow Bridge

Following the announcement by law authorities that a car had detonated on Rainbow Bridge, the bridges bridging the United States and Canada at Niagara Falls were closed on Wednesday.

The explosion is said to have killed two persons.

The FBI stated in a statement that it is working with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners while conducting investigations out of its Buffalo, New York, field office.

The Niagara Falls International Rainbow Bridge, sometimes referred to as Rainbow Bridge, is a noncommercial bridge that spans the Niagara River and links the communities of Niagara Falls, New York, with Niagara Falls, Canada.

The Niagara Falls Live website states that each car must pay $5, or CA$6.50, to cross the bridge. When exiting Canada, pedestrians can cross the bridge for $1 or Canadian cash. Bicyclists are welcome, however they must ride on the road rather than the sidewalk.

The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission was established in 1938 by the governments of Ontario and New York to handle the management and upkeep of the international bridges that span the Niagara River.

On May 4, 1940, work on the bridge started, and on November 1, 1941, it was formally inaugurated.

The Niagara Gorge is around 1,000 feet broad and 200 feet deep. The average speed of the water beneath the bridge is between 26 and 30 mph.

The annual volume of travelers across the Rainbow Bridge has not yet reached prepandemic proportions.

For instance, 10.5 million vehicle-based passenger crossings were recorded in 2019. The Department of Transportation has only recorded 6.6 million crossings in 2023 thus far.

 

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