"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
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.