Ontario Specialty Contracting

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Drivers on the Niagara Section of the Thruway has been watching for months, as construction workers swarm over a building with giant round-top windows near where the road crosses over a mass of railroad tracks. Another of Buffalo's old and contaminated industrial sites is nearing complete re-use, with tens of millions of dollars spent.

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The tower of the Wheeler Grain Elevator collapsed into the Buffalo River on Friday.

No injuries were reported. Members of the demolition crew, Ontario Specialty Contracting, claim that it was a planned fall. But local preservationist Tim Tielman argues that the incident was an error and blames the city for not better overseeing the work.

A local traffic bridge was closed until the scene was secured.

The city issued an emergency demolition for the structure earlier in the year.