Workers recover last Corvette from Ky. sinkhole

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
The last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole in Kentucky has been recovered, but the mood was somber as the mangled car was pulled to the surface.

One of eight Chevrolet Corvettes is removed from a sinkhole in the Skydome at the National Corvette Museum, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky. On Feb. 12, a large sinkhole swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in a heap amid loose dirt and concrete fragments. (AP Photo/Daily News, Alex Slitz)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- The last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole in Kentucky has been recovered, but the mood was somber as the mangled car was pulled to the surface.

The 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette was buried in dirt and rocks, dozens of feet below the surface of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. The man who donated the car to the museum, Kevin Helmintoller, says the vehicle looks like a piece of tin foil.

The prized cars were swallowed by the sinkhole that opened up in February beneath part of the museum.

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli says the damage was progressively worse as each car was pulled out.

The museum will display the cars through August. The ones deemed fixable will be shipped to Michigan for repairs.


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