It has been twelve days since eight blue blooded, bowtie wearing Americans were lost in a sinkhole in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Two of which remain lost amongst the soil and debris, buried. Geologists from Western Kentucky University, according to Bowling Green ABC affiliate WBKO, are working closely with teams to rescue the survivors from the unforeseen accident. One geologist says that he has not seen any movement since last Monday. The eight Chevrolet Corvettes are waiting to be rescued by a giant crane at the National Corvette Museum.
Holes have been cut into the Skydome where these eight were located and the sinkhole had developed. The crane will be inserted through these holes. In an attempt to maintain stabilization, holes are also being cut into the floor and filled with concrete.
"It looks pretty stable. We haven't seen any major movement where the cars are at,” says WKU Geologist, Jason Polk. “There's obviously some type of potential for some other type of cave or passage under there that it could move into.”
Workers will then remove the wheels from the Corvettes and replace them with large bolts on the hubs. Straps will then be attached directly to these for a more secure connection and then hauled up.
Mike Murphy, CEO of Scott, Murphy, & Daniel told WBKO,
"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.”
The team hopes that within two weeks the cars which include the 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” and 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, two cars on loan to the National Corvette Museum, can be removed from the 40-foot sinkhole. Then it’s off to the Mechanical Assembly facility for GM to oversee full restoration in-house.