National Corvette Museum to begin extracting cars from sinkhole

National Corvette Museum to begin extracting cars from sinkhole

Posted: Updated: Feb 28, 2014 06:00 PM
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -

The National Corvette Museum will began extracting the cars that fell into a sinkhole two weeks ago.

The Bowling Green, Kentucky museum houses some of the most classic Corvettes in the world.

On February 12, a sinkhole opened up inside the museum's dome, swallowing eight of their most valuable cars.

On Friday, a crane was positioned outside the dome, preparing to begin recovering the cars. The recovery effort is expected to begin Monday.

Workers cut out a door in the museum's dome where the cars were on display.

"As they remove the cars, the plan is to put them on sort of dollies, wheel them out of the museum and back to our exhibit hall," explained Corvette Museum spokesperson Katie Frassinelli.

Attendance at the museum is up with people coming to see the sinkhole and try to catch a glimpse of the cars. The story made international headlines the day after the sinkhole fell.

"We have a plexi-glass window where they can look in and see for themselves, the work being done," said Frassinelli.

There is discussion about what the museum will do with the cars once they are removed.

Frassinelli told News 2 they are also considering covering the hole with a clear surface so that visitors can look directly into the sinkhole.

"They're talking about keeping one of the cars down there so people can see it," she said.

It will take several days to retrieve the cars.

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