A massive 40-foot sinkhole took a giant bite out of the earth below the National Corvette Museum and swallowed eight classic corvettes including two cars owned by GM:
1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors
As well as six cars 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
The museum is closed to the public today while the the Bowling Green Fire Department secures the area.
According to the the Louisville Courier-Journal:
“Some time before 5:30 a.m. CT the sink hole started to form and by 5:44 a.m. motion detectors started going off, the museum said. No one was in or around the museum at the time.When they got to the museum, emergency personnel discovered a 40-foot sink hole between 25 and 30 feet deep, said executive director Wendell Strode. “It’s pretty significant,” added.”
According to the National Corvette Museum website:
“None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals. The Skydome exhibit area of the Museum is a separate structure connected to the main Museum. A structural engineer is now on-site to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas.”
The cause if the sinkhole remains under investigation.