40-Foot Sinkhole Eats 8 Corvettes at Museum

Hole opens up, cuts power

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 12, 2014 9:56 AM CST

(Newser) – A 40-foot sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum's Sky Dome this morning, swallowing eight cars. The sinkhole opened sometime before 5:30am, cutting off power to the landmark in Bowling Green, Ky., by 5:39am, the Courier-Journal reports. That set off a fire alarm, but when emergency crews arrived, they found the sinkhole instead. No one was injured in the incident.

The museum is open today, but the Dome is off limits. Emergency personnel have allowed the museum to remove one car—the almost priceless last surviving 1983 model, which didn't fall into the hole—but are insisting the rest stay put until engineers can assess the situation. The museum has confirmed that the following cars dropped into the sinkhole, according to WBKO:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder *
  • 2009 ZR-1 Blue Devil *
  • 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
* On loan from General Motors.

The National Corvette Museum is seen in this undated photo.
The National Corvette Museum is seen in this undated photo.   (Alberto Cabello Mayero via Flickr)
Several cars that collapsed into a sinkhole Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky.
Several cars that collapsed into a sinkhole Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Bowling Green, Ky.   (AP Photo/National Corvette Museum, HO)
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