First 2 Corvettes pulled from Bowling Green sinkhole - WSMV Channel 4

First 2 Corvettes pulled from Bowling Green sinkhole

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BOWLING GREEN, KY (WSMV) -

Two classic cars swallowed by a sinkhole beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green have re-emerged.

One by one, crews began lifting each of the eight Corvettes out of the ground Monday after they became trapped in a large sinkhole last month.

Bowling Green fire officials estimated the size of the sinkhole at 40 feet across and 25 feet to 30 feet deep.

The museum said no one was in or around the museum at the time of the collapse in the Skydome exhibit area.

Workers in a cage were lowered into the hole to hook straps around the cars removed Monday, a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil and a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette.

The Blue Devil's engine started right up once it was removed from the sinkhole, but workers then noticed a leak that will need to be repaired.

Museum Katie Frassinelli says workers hope Tuesday to recover a 1962 black Corvette. She says the other five won't be pulled out until workers further stabilize the sinkhole.

Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran says the ZR1 has minor damage. He says the other car has more extensive damage and body panels will need replacing.

The other five cars affected by the sinkhole include a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

Chevrolet will oversee restoration of the cars at a Michigan plant.

Click here to watch a live stream of the removal of the Corvettes.

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