In a bizarre turn of events, a sinkhole opened inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky early Wednesday morning. Eight display cars were swallowed into the ground, but fortunately there were no reported injuries as a result.
(Update: This post was originally published on 2/12/14 when a sinkhole swallowed eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Due to recent national news, we've decided to bring the story back as a cheeky joke. - Ed.)
The reports that the sinkhole, said to be about 20 ft. deep and 30 to 40 ft. in diameter, triggered motion-detector alarms at 5:38 AM in the dome area of the museum. The eight cars claimed by the sinkhole include the 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, a 2009 "Blue Devil" ZR1, a black 1962 roadster, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, the 1 Millionth Corvette (a white '92 model), a 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Corvette Z06, and the 1.5 Millionth Corvette (a white '09 car). The two ZR1s were on loan from General Motors, while the rest of the cars were owned by the museum.
Sinkholes in this part of Kentucky are apparently not uncommon. It sits on what geologists call a karst region, where there are several underground caves and springs. We'll share updates as we learn more.
According to the Bowling Green Daily News, the National Corvette Museum has closed for the the day, but engineers have determined that
the building remains structurally sound. The museum's executive director, Wendell Strode, will consult with structural engineers and other experts on how to
move forward with the recovery of the cars that still lay at the bottom of the sinkhole, many of which are irreplaceable.
It'll be a few days before we know the complete scope of
the damage, but there are some heavy hearts at the National Corvette Museum today. Other cars in the vicinity of the sinkhole have been pushed
out of harm's way. Three videos released by the museum are posted below, including security footage of the floor as it collapsed and drone footage of the aftermath. Scary stuff.