WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu February 13, 2014
Local Contractor Will Remove Estimated $1 Million in Corvettes From Museum Sinkhole
Updated at 9:07 a.m.
National Corvette Museum officials have called a press conference for Thursday at 3:00 pm. Executive Director Wendell Strode is expected to discuss plans moving forward such as removal of the cars inside the sinkhole and repairs to the Skydome. WKU Public Radio will have someone there and will bring you the latest during All Things Considered.
Bowling Green contractor Scott, Murphy and Daniel has been retained as the construction engineer by the National Corvette Museum to help recover and rebuild following the damage caused by Wednesday morning's sinkhole. Eight classic Corvettes fell into the 25 foot deep by 40 foot wide hole.
Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode said that firm will help devise a plan to recover the cars and save any if possible. And while safety is the top priority, Strode said they want to save the cars "as fast as we can." Strode told the Bowling Green Daily News that he was told by someone at the scene that the cars in the sinkhole had an estimated total value of $1 million.
Strode said he was confident the contracting firm could complete its work by the end of August, in time for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Museum and the projected opening of the NCM Motorsports Park.
Security footage from inside the SkyDome at the time of the sinkhole collapse shows the floor sagging suddenly, with pieces of the floor collapsing and a couple of the cars disappearing below ground.
Video footage, including surveillance footage of the sinkhole collapse, helicopter drone footage inside the sinkhole and more are available at the link below.