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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Corvettes At National Corvette Museum

A sinkhole opened up in the Skydome area of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., and eight cars fell into the depths.
Posted at 10:00 AM, Feb 12, 2014

As far as sinkholes go, at least this one had good taste. The ground opened under a part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, swallowing up eight cars early Wednesday morning. 

"This is what it looks like inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. It appears a sinkhole has developed in the Skydome exhibit area. Eight corvettes are somewhere down in that hole! Ha." (Via WBRC)

Yikes. The sinkhole is reported to be 40 feet wide and around 25-30 feet deep. 

​The extent of damage can't be determined until a structural engineer can look at the area. Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode told the Courier-Journal the other cars in the Skydome wouldn't even be removed until then. 

According to Park City Daily News out of Bowling Green, the movement triggered the museum's alarm around 5:40 in the morning, calling the fire department and leading to the incident being incorrectly reported as a fire.

The museum has released a list of the eight cars that fell victim to the sinkhole. Two, including a 2009 "Blue Devil," were on loan from General Motors. The rest were owned by the museum. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Bull-Doser)

The Skydome area of the museum was built with the rest of the museum in 1994 and features a 100-foot-high glass ceiling. It housed 30 cars, including a 1983 model — the only one in existence. (Via Flickr / Anna HarrisAlberto Cabello)

In case you want to visit, the rest of the museum is open as usual today.