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An Explosion at a US-Canadian Border Leaves Two Dead and a Border Agent Injured


Flames could be seen at the the Canadian-US border crossing in Niagara Falls following a incident involving a vehicle.
A look at fire caused by an explosion at the Canadian-US border crossing in Niagara Falls.

November, 22, 2023 - A tragic incident at the US-Canadian border near Niagara Falls has resulted in the deaths of two people and left a US border protection agent injured but expected to survive, according to multiple media reports.


The incident, which occurred at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing, involved a vehicle that reportedly accelerated on the New York side of the border, breached a fence separating inbound and outbound traffic, and collided with the secondary inspection building.


While the exact sequence of events has not yet been officially confirmed by authorities, posts to X include a man speaking to media about what he saw., citing law enforcement sources, detailed that the driver accelerated, crashed through a fence, went airborne upon hitting a curb, and then crashed into the inspection building.


CNN reported that the FBI has launched an investigation into the vehicle explosion that resulted in at least one occupant's death. Canadian Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc addressed the seriousness of the situation, stating, "This is obviously a very serious situation," during a press briefing on Wednesday.


Toronto police posted to "X" that they have responded to the incident by increasing directed patrols of uniformed officers throughout the city, citing the need for heightened vigilance following the unsettling events at the Canada-US border.

As authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash, details regarding the identities of the deceased and the injured border protection agent have not been disclosed. The situation remains under active investigation by law enforcement agencies from both sides of the border.


The tragic incident has raised concerns and prompted heightened security measures, including the closure of some Ontario border crossings into the United States.


For now, the investigation into this devastating event is ongoing, with authorities working to ascertain the exact chain of events leading up to the fatal crash and subsequent explosion at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing.


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