Disaster struck the National Corvette Museum this morning when a massive sinkhole opened up and swallowed eight Corvettes on display in the facility’s Sky Dome. Fortunately nobody was injured.
The incident occurred sometime around 5:30 this morning. Police were called when power in the museum was lost and they discovered the crater with the cars inside of it. The massive sinkhole measures about 12 metres (40ft) by 8 metres (26ft), and is 9 metres deep.
Engineers are being called in to assess whether there has been any structural damage to the museum before attempting to extract the cars. One 1983 Corvette that was parked near the sinkhole was permitted to be taken out immediately.
The cars that are currently in the sinkhole and awaiting rescue are:
1984 Corvette PPG Pace Car
1992 Corvette (the millionth built)
1993 Corvette ZR-1 Spyder
1993 Corvette 40th Anniversary Edition
2001 Mallet Hammer Corvette
2009 Corvette (the 1,500,000th built)
2009 Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil”
The news is distressing for Corvette fans but it’s likely most, if not all, of the cars can be repaired.
The National Corvette Museum is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, about a quarter-mile from the factory where Corvettes have been produced since 1981.