Corvette Museum sinkhole swallows 8 cars in Kentucky - KMSP-TV

Sinkhole swallows 8 vintage Corvettes at Kentucky museum

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The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. lost 8 cars in sinkhole that opened up inside its facility Wednesday morning. (National Corvette Museum) The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. lost 8 cars in sinkhole that opened up inside its facility Wednesday morning. (National Corvette Museum)
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A sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky swallowed 8 vintage cars Wednesday morning.

The Bowling Green Fire Department estimated the size of the sinkhole at 40 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet deep.

SLIDESHOW: 19 photos of Corvette museum sinkhole

"We received a call at 5:44 a.m. from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of the museum," the National Corvette Museum said in a statement. "Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the museum. No one was in or around the museum at the time."

Of the 8 cars lost in the sinkhole, 2 were on loan and 6 are owned by the museum.

CORVETTES LOST IN SINKHOLE

- 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

Watch museum security video of the sinkhole collapse at http://youtu.be/IukDWhf7U9I


PHOTO: National Corvette Museum

Museum director Wendell Strode told the Courier-Journal newspaper that firefighters allowed museum staff to remove the only surviving 1983 Corvette, which was at risk of joining the other cars in the sinkhole.

The sinkhole-affected Skydome was closed Wednesday, but the rest of the museum remained open to visitors.

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