Crews prepare to remove cars from sinkhole at Corvette museum - WKRN News 2

Crews prepare to remove cars from sinkhole at National Corvette Museum


Construction to repair the damage left by a massive sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum is well under way, as well as efforts to recover the lost vehicles.

The sinkhole, estimated at 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep, opened up last Wednesday and swallowed eight Corvettes.

It caused millions of dollars in damage and shocked car enthusiasts across the globe.

According to WBKO in Bowling Green, Ky., extra support is being added to the structure and side panels are being taken out of the wall to make for a crane to pull the cars from the hole.

Geologists from Western Kentucky University have been on the scene since the collapse.

"It looks pretty stable. We haven't seen any major movement where the cars are at," geologist Jason Polk told WBKO. "There's obviously some type of potential for some other type of cave or passage under there that it could move into."

To ensure the area is safe, holes are being cut into the floor at key points and filled with concrete to provide extra support for the spire that sits in the middle of the room.

Once that project is completed, a crane will be lowered into the area with someone operating the machine and someone attached to the end of the line to hook up the cars.

"We will have vehicle recovery people that know all of the lifting points and devices to use in the rigging to lift it out properly without causing any more damage," said Mike Murphy, the CEO of Scott, Murphy, & Daniel, a construction company based in Bowling Green.

The plan is to remove the wheels of each car that fell into the sinkhole.  They will be replaced with bolts that attach the car to the crane for safe removal.

Officials said the first two Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole still haven't been seen.  They are unsure if they are buried in soil or sitting on rock.

The entire recovery process is expected to take two weeks.

*WBKO contributed to this report.

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