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The board members of Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum on Saturday voted to fill the massive sinkhole that swallowed eight sports vehicles, creating sensation all over the state.
Despite the giant hole fetched good attendance and revenue for the museum in Bowling Green, the board decided to reverse its earlier June decision and fill it completely.
The entire hole was opened up in February and since then it was garnering curiosity of the locals.
According to the museum, the board members had earlier decided to preserve a good portion of the sinkhole and turn the rest into a memorial by putting a crumpled car into it. The idea before putting the car inside the hole was to portray the incident leading to the swallowing of the eight cars when the sinkhole opened up in the museum’s Skydome.
The museum officials say the board members reversed their decision after they realised that keeping part of the hole open may pose several security issues. Besides, the costs on installing safety features was to tend impose heavy toll on the museum’s treasury.
Recalling the day when the hole first opened up beneath the museum in February this year, the museum officials say it was a terrible as well as an exciting scene when the eight cars, worth over USD 1 million, toppled like toys one by one amid concrete, rocks and dirt.
The cars that went inside the sinkhole included: a 1962 black Corvette, , a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette, a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil.
Museum officials say soon after the February event, the attendance at the museum witnessed a nearly 60 percent surge between March and June.