Sinkhole swallows eight corvettes


One would think that one of the safest places to park your car would be in a car museum. Not this time. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, reported the loss of some of its prized possessions.

Spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said: “We received a call at 5:44am from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of the Museum. Upon arrival it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time. The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area. The Fire Department has estimated the size of the hole is 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep.”

Into the hole fell eight corvettes including a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”, both on loan from General Motors. The six others were owned by the museum, among them a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette. A structural engineer is now on-site to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas, and the museum is closed to the public.

Bowling Green is located in an important karst region, a geological formation shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock which is often riddled with caves.

Photos: National Corvette Museum