KGS Water Resources and Geologic Hazards staff visited the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, to inspect a sinkhole that collapsed a portion of the museum floor on February 12 causing significant damage to the building and eight vintage Corvettes on exhibit. The factors that caused or contributed to the formation of the sinkhole are presently being investigated. The museum will attempt to recover and restore the vehicles and is working with geologists and engineers to determine how to best proceed in remediating the sinkhole and repairing and reopening the exhibit area.
Photos by Chuck Taylor, Junfeng Zhu, and Matt Crawford.
| Junfeng Zhu, Jim Currens, Matt Crawford,
and Jason Polk of Western
Kentucky University at the
Corvette Museum Skydome.
|The vintage cars fell through the
concrete floor early on the morning of
|The walls of the hole the cars
fell into are just visible
under the museum floor.
|Several of the cars were piled
on top of each other and the floor debris.
|Jason Polk, a WKU geologist,
talks to the KGS staff about the incident.
|Contractors are working on plans for
removing the 8 vehicles safely.
|Some of the cars came to rest
in precarious positions.
|The size of the hole in the Skydome floor
becomes evident when people stand near it.