Rainbow Bridge: Two die in explosion in Niagara Falls after car crashes at ‘very high speed’

Two people have died after the vehicle they were in exploded on a bridge connecting the US and Canada.

The car crashed into a checkpoint on the US side of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls at high speed and caught on fire, according to Sky’s US partner network NBC News.

Senior law enforcement officials said there was no indication that a bomb was inside, as an initial search did not find a secondary explosive or device.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said there was “no indication of a terrorist attack”.

Authorities are trying to determine whether the crash was intentional, and the FBI has warned that the situation is “very fluid”.

An initial assessment suggests the incident was caused by a reckless driver.

The Rainbow Bridge, which connects the two nations across the Niagara River, has been shut along with three other border crossings in the area.

Meanwhile, the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport in New York state began security checks on all cars and told passengers to expect additional screenings.

The incident comes a day before Thanksgiving – a US public holiday when millions of Americans visit friends and family. Many people will have already started their journeys.

Canada’s public safety minister Dominic LeBlanc said it was too soon to say if the crash was a deliberate act.