Corvette Museum Sinkhole Swallows Eight 'Vettes: Watch Them Sink

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National Corvette MuseumThe National Corvette Museum released security video showing a sinkhole devouring eight of its prized Corvettes.
A sinkhole opened under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky yesterday, swallowing eight Corvettes that might just be worth more than you are. Footage from of the museum's security cameras caught the incident.

Here's a firsthand account of what happened from the National Corvette Museum itself:

We received a call at 5:44am from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of the Museum. Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time. The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area. The Fire Department has estimated the size of the hole is 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep.

While closed yesterday, the museum re-opened today after structural engineer "assessed the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas." According to CNN,

"Using remote-controlled drones, geologists and engineers from nearby Western Kentucky University have already explored the sinkhole and determined that the Sky Dome suffered no structural damage, [museum spokeswoman Katie] Frassinelli said. "There's a cave down there," she said, adding that the museum is only a short drive away from Mammoth Cave National Park.

The Skydome area, however, remains closed off. Also off limits to the public, the eight cars that the sinkhole devoured:
  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
  • 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil" on loan from General Motors
  • 1962 Black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
As CNN points out, yesterday's incident is the second sinkhole to story to hit the news in recent months. In November, one swallowed a home in Dunedin, Florida. And if you're interested in sinkhole tourism, Gadling posted this article on sinkhole hotspots.



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