Sinkhole swallows 8 vehicles at National Corvette Museum

Sinkhole swallows 8 vehicles at National Corvette Museum

Posted: Updated: Feb 12, 2014 03:25 PM
Courtesy: National Corvette Museum Courtesy: National Corvette Museum
Courtesy: National Corvette Museum Courtesy: National Corvette Museum

A massive sinkhole swallowed eight vehicles at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky early Wednesday morning.

Museum officials were alerted around 5:45 a.m. when motion detectors began going off at the Sky Dome area of the museum.
Upon arrival, a sinkhole measuring about 60 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet deep was discovered inside.

According to the museum's director, Wendell Strode, it caused the building's power to go out and damaged eight Corvettes on display.

"There are two cars that could be saved, possibly," he said.  
Two of the Corvettes damaged, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil," were on loan from General Motors.
The other six Corvettes were owned by the museum and included a 1962 Black Corvette, 1984 PPG Pace Car, 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

There's some in the bottom, 30 to 40 feet down, some that are on top of each other and some that are completely buried. Some are just hanging right at the top," Matt Dettman WKU Civil Engineer said.

A museum employee said all of the cars are irreplaceable.
None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals.

"It touches your heart when you think of the people behind those cars and there's been tears shed back there this morning," Strode said.
The National Corvette Museum was closed at the time of the incident and no one was injured.

A structural engineer will assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas.
The museum will be open as scheduled on Thursday, but the Sky Dome area will be closed to both visitors and employees.

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