Friday, February 14, 2014

Sinkhole gobbled up eight vintage Corvettes at museum

A 40-foot sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday and swallowed eight cars.

Footage showing the sinkhole collapse.

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No injuries were reported, but a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil" on loan from General Motors Co were among the iconic cars piled up in the pit. "It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident," the museum, based in Bowling Green, said in a statement.

Alarms went off early Wednesday morning in the "Skydome" area and museum security officers who rushed to the scene found the sinkhole, 25 to 30 feet (7.6 to 9 m) deep. The Bowling Green Fire Department estimated the sinkhole at 40 feet (12 m) wide. No one was in or around the museum during the collapse happened.

The sinkhole following the collapse.

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In addition to a 1962 Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette, were among the damaged cars owned by the museum. The museum will be closed, while a structural engineer assesses the damage and stability of the surrounding area.

There are several more videos showing the aftermath of the collapse on the Corvette Museum's YouTube page.

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