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World News November 25, 2023

New York police identify couple killed in U.S.-Canada border crash

The New York police have identified the victims of a fatal car crash on the bridge linking New York state and Ontario at Niagara Falls. Kurt and Monica Villani, both 53 and from Grand Island, New York, were the occupants of the car. The incident occurred on Wednesday, with video footage from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) security camera capturing the car traveling at high speed, hitting an object, and exploding into flames upon impact.

The crash led to a Thanksgiving eve security scare, prompting concerns of a terrorist attack. This resulted in the closure of four U.S.-Canadian border crossings in the area and a temporary halt on international flights at Buffalo International Airport. However, an initial investigation by U.S. federal agencies, including the FBI, determined that the incident was not terrorism-related.

The CBP officer at the crash site suffered minor injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital before being released. According to CNN, the driver had initially planned to attend a KISS concert in Canada, but since the concert was canceled, the couple went to a casino in the U.S. Instead. The crash occurred sometime after they left the casino. The Niagara Falls police Crash Management unit is still investigating the incident.

Source – CGTN

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