Sixth Corvette Lifted From Sinkhole

"When we excavated it, there was a lot of solid rock around the edges of it, boulders. We had to pull those boulders out carefully, that presented a problem," said Mike Murphy, CEO Scott, Murphy & Daniel Construction.

 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) The 1993 Black Spider has been removed from the sink hole. Late Monday evening, crews prepared the car and removed all of the dirt from the surface.

The Corvette is severely damaged, therefore crews had to use extreme caution while removing it.

"We wanted to fasten to it so everything would stay in tact when we lifted it out of the hole," said Mike Murphy, CEO Scott, Murphy & Daniel Construction.

Workers also experienced difficulty while preparing the surface.

"When we excavated it, there was a lot of solid rock around the edges of it, boulders. We had to pull those boulders out carefully, that presented a problem," said Mike Murphy, CEO Scott, Murphy & Daniel Construction.

Crews also had to work against a slab of concrete.

"The slab was underneath the car, that is why the back of the car was sticking up in the air when we saw the initial pictures of the hole," said Mike Murphy, CEO Scott, Murphy & Daniel Construction.

Workers say a three ton concrete slab also sat between the Spider and the white 1.5 millionth Corvette that remains in the hole. If the excavating goes as planned today, crews will remove it tomorrow.

"It's laying upside down. It's completely covered in embankment. We have the bottom of it cleaned off. We'll start digging around the perimeter of the outside of it," said Mike Murphy, CEO Scott, Murphy & Daniel Construction.

The 1993 spider is owned by General Motors and they have not released their plan of action on restoring the Corvette.

This is the sixth car that has been removed from the sinkhole. Museum officials say the Spider's condition is worse than the other five that have been recovered.

The Mallett Hammer Z-06 is the last car buried inside of the hole. Workers have used metal detectors and probing rods, but still haven't been able to locate it.


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