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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sinkhole swallows eight Corvettes on display at Corvette Museum in Bowling Green

 (Photo from National Corvette Museum)

The 20-foot deep sinkhole in the National Corvette Museum swallowed eight cars. (Photo from National Corvette Museum)


A sinkhole about 20 feet deep opened up today beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and swallowed eight cars on display, reports the Daily News.

The newspaper said the sinkhole opened under the dome part of the building, which is part of the original museum. The Bowling Green Fire Department was on the scene.

“As it started happening, it triggered an alarm, so the security company called an employee,” Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode was quoted as saying.

Nothing can be done about the cars until a structural engineer arrives and evaluates the situation, Strode added.


“We also have called some karst people from Western Kentucky University to come out and see what is going on,” he said.

The museum is closed today to allow officials to assess the situation, officials announced.

The cars affected were:

1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors

The other six vehicles were owned by the National Corvette Museum including:

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

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