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New York police identify victims of car bombing on US-Canada bridge

'24.11.2023'

Olga Derkach

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New York police have identified the victims of the Nov. 22 car bombing at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing between the United States and Canada. Writes about this Fox News.

Kurt Villani, 53, and Monica Villani, 53, of Grand Island, New York, were killed when their vehicle crashed into a utility pole at the border crossing, the Niagara Falls Police Department (NFPD) said in a Nov. 24 news release.

“The City of Niagara Falls extends its sincere condolences to the families of those killed in the wake of this tragedy,” the NFPD said in a statement.

The incident is currently under investigation by the NFPD Traffic Crash Management Unit.

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said the incident occurred at 11:27 a.m. on Nov. 22 and there was "no indication" that it was an act of terrorism. She clarified that a “local resident” was involved, and both people in the car died.

“At this time there is no evidence that this was a terrorist attack. And this is what I want to convey to the public,” Hokul emphasized.

International border crossings between Canada and Western New York have been closed following an incident that left at least one person, a 27-year-old man, with minor injuries. Authorities took him to a nearby hospital.

“If a car has half a tank or a full tank of gas, at 100 miles per hour, if it hits cement, the car will explode,” said Michael Verden, a former Secret Service agent and founder of the security consulting firm The Lake Forest Group. . “It will explode like a bomb.”

Werden added that investigators were likely reviewing cell phone data pinged in the area of ​​the crash to help them identify the victims.

“There is a lot of information about where they were. They were passing through a border checkpoint. That is, this is not just some random street. This is the main highway. So there will be a lot of information,” Verdun said.

Niagara Falls police said the investigation into the exact cause of the crash is likely to be complex.

As ForumDaily New York wrote earlier:

  • November 22 at the border crossing between the United States and Canada in the Niagara Falls area the car exploded. The viaduct leading to the United States from Canada and the checkpoints had to be closed until the circumstances were clarified. The FBI investigated the incident believing it was a terrorist attack. In the car that exploded on the US-Canada bridge, there was a married couple from New York.
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