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Crane will soon remove three Corvettes from sinkhole

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WDRB) -- A little over a week after a sinkhole swallowed eight cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, we're now getting a closer look at the aftermath.

WDRB cameras got within 10 feet from the sinkhole, where Corvettes were visible on top. Crews are working six days a week to get the cars out.

"This is so unique," said Wendell Strode, the Executive Director of the National Corvette Museum. No contractor is wanting to take this on a per job basis. They realize there is going to be additional challenges."

The Corvettes, now covered in dirt and rocks, has become a tourist attraction with many people wanting to see the sinkhole that swallowed them on Feb. 12.

Gary Taylor, who is visiting from Lansing, Michigan, says, "I'm a Corvette enthusiast. My first reaction to it was 'Oh my gosh.' Here are all these cars that are irreplaceable that have been swallowed up by this sink hole."

Museum officials constructed a large window so people can see the work being done as well as the sinkhole itself.

"I would say people are curious to see what happens, so it's a good move," said Jeremiah Robinson, a Bowling Green Resident.

For the public, a webcam shows the inside of the hole, which the museum now believes is 60 feet deep. But WDRB was allowed to move much closer -- just a couple feet from large cracks around the perimeter of this natural disaster.

Strode says, "Our structural engineering firm has been here several times, several days." He says, "They have assured us, that the perimeter of the Skydome is secure and they have assured us the main building of the Corvette Museum is stable and just fine."

An opening in the Skydome has just been cut out. It will allow a crane to come in, possibly late next week, to pull out the first three Corvettes on top of the pile.

Strode says, "There will be some more stabilization done, then the excavation or extraction of all dirt and concrete will come out and that will uncover the remaining cars and then they'll be recovered."

And this won't be the last you'll see of the cars.

Strode says, "We plan to have them on display inside the Museum for three or four months, so people can see them this summer. Then they'll be taken to Michigan where Chevrolet, the General Motors Design Center, has agreed to oversee the restoration."

The Museum is hoping to have the Skydome room open in four months. Some of the ideas include putting a glass top over the sinkhole so people can see it.

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