Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at Corvette museum
The museum is almost 20 years old.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A sinkhole formed Wednesday under the National Corvette Museumhere, swallowing eight cars, according to its executive director.
Some time before 5:30 a.m. CT, the sinkhole started to form, authorities believe. By 5:44 a.m. motion detectors were going off and police were called, Executive Director Wendell Strode said. The incident originally was thought to be a fire.
When emergency personnel got to the museum, they discovered a sinkhole 40 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet deep, Strode said.>
“It’s pretty significant,” he said.
Bowling Green — about 60 miles northeast of Nashville, Tenn., and 100 miles southwest of Louisville, Ky. — is at the edge of a karst region where caves, springs and sinkholes are common. The main entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park is about 30 miles northeast of the city, but that cave system has more than 400 miles that have been explored.
The National Corvette Museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary in August. Of the eight cars that fell into the hole,the museum owned six and General Motors owned two. GM’s Corvette plant where present-day Corvettes are manufactured is across a highway less than a half mile from the museum.
Cars involved in the incident, which occurred inside the museum’s iconic spire called the Sky Dome, are these:
- 1962 black Corvette
- 1984 PPG pace car
- 1992 white 1 millionth Corvette
- 1993 ruby red 40th anniversary Corvette
- 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
- 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
- 2009 white 1.5 millionth Corvette
- 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors
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