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Security Alert Triggers Massive Border Back-ups

By Mark Wozniak

Buffalo, NY – What should have been a leisurely Sunday afternoon in Ontario Sunday turned into gridlock at the area's three border crossings.

U.S.-bound border traffic backed up for three to five hours at the Peace, Rainbow and Lewiston-Queenston Bridges. Police shut down Highway 405 and on-ramps to the Lewiston-Queenston bridge to stop traffic from backing onto other highways and city streets.

One Canadian official says congestion like this only happens when the U.S. issues orange security alerts.