On Thursday the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky reopened, a day after a sinkhole opened up in the Sky Dome and claimed eight priceless Corvettes.
The Sky Dome will remain closed, but the rest of the museum is accessible for visitors, of which there were about a dozen in the morning, reports CNN. Spokeswoman Kate Frassinelli said, “We’ve been given an OK and everything is safe.”
Though the damage was stunning and disheartening to Corvette fans, Western Kentucky University engineer Matthew Dettman noted that the event could have been worse. “There are times where there are so many people in that room, you can’t even move around,” so luckily the sinkhole opened up before the museum did.
Engineers and geologists have been examining the sinkhole and the museum, but feel that the rest of it is safe, and the Sky Dome is too, mostly because of its design. It will require some shoring up on its structure before it can be opened up again, if it can. The sinkhole is still being examined and could prove too much of a problem to fix.
As previously reported, the sinkhole opened up on Wednesday right before the museum was set to open for the day. The sinkhole is about 20-to-30 feet deep and 40 feet across.
Though no one was hurt, eight Corvette’s in the room weren’t so lucky and fell into the newly created hole. The area is known to feature many caves, with Mammoth Cave National Park quite close by.
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