The vehicle explosion that took place at the US/Canada border appears to have been more of a mechanical failure than anything else. On Wednesday of this week, mainstream news sources reported an explosion near the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls. This was reported as a possible terror attack featuring a car packed with explosives. Some news sources even suggested the car was on the Canadian side, attempting to cross over into the United States. Two people were reported deceased on the scene, along with one person injured. Much of this was misinformation (aside from the dead/injured number) and was walked back almost immediately. New information has been revealed that paints a more accurate picture of what happened.
The occupants of the car were Kurt P. Villani, 53, and his wife, 53-year-old Monica Villani. They had just left the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and they were headed to Toronto for the KISS Concert. The couple was traveling in a 2022 Bentley Flying Spur, which typically has a retail value somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000. There is an active recall on the very same model of vehicle from the model years 2018-2021 for stuck accelerators. If the same issue presented itself in the 2022 model, that would explain the high rate of speed that eyewitnesses spoke of initially. It would also explain how the vehicle wound up airborne. If a car is going nearly one hundred miles per hour and hits any type of raised surface on a flat road then it is easy for the car to become airborne.