Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at National Corvette Museum

national corvette museum sinkhole
The sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum swallowed eight cars.
Credit: National Corvette Museum

Of all the places for a sinkhole to open up, a sports car museum is probably one of the worst.

Eight cars were swallowed by a large sinkhole that opened underneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Wednesday morning.

Museum said officials received a call about 5:45 a.m. from their security company alerting them to an alarm going off in the museum. When officials arrived, they found that a sinkhole had collapsed within a part of the museum known as the Skydome, which is a separate structure connected to the main museum.

No one was in or around the museum at the time, the museum said. Fire officials estimated the size of the sinkhole to be 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep.

“It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident,” the museum said in a statement.

The affected cars including a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 white 1 Millionth Corvette, and a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR-1 Blue Devil, both on loan from General Motors. The museum did not say how much damage the cars sustained.

Because of the incident, the museum was closed to the public for the day to allow staff to assess the situation.

The National Corvette Museum is located across the street from the GM Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant, the only place in the world where Corvettes are made, according to the museum.

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