Corvette Museum Sinkhole Swallows Eight Cars In KentuckyBy: Tobias Roth - February 12, 2014
Something strange is happening at a museum in Kentucky. A sinkhole formed in the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, swallowing up eight vintage cars in the process. The cars had been on display, and due to a strange phenomenon, they are gone forever.
An enormous sinkhole opened in the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday morning, taking eight of the iconic cars off of display. It was reported that the cars swallowed by the hole included six that were owned by the museum and two — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — that were on loan from General Motors.
The GM plant that makes the Corvettes is also across the street from the museum. Some time before 5:30 a.m. CST, the sinkhole started to form and by 5:44 a.m. motion detectors started going off, the museum said. No one was in or around the museum at the time. The fire department estimated the hole is about 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep. Pictures of the sinkhole show a collapsed section of floor with multiple cars visible inside the hole.
The museum is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It is an area that has become known to have geology that contains karst, which has created an abundance of caves, springs and sinkholes.
The incident is also significant because many of the museums’ cars are the only ones of their kind left, making it very difficult for them to be replaced. The pictures of the accident have also begun to surface on social media, and have given great concern to the big enthusiasts of the classic cars.
Gary Mortimer, the founder of the National Corvette Restorers Society, immediately freaked out after seeing the news firsthand. He spoke in a telephone interview and said “By golly, I’m looking at a picture now. Look at how deep it is. . . . Unbelievable. Ugh.”
The Corvette museum sinkhole could get to be an even bigger problem if the issue is not able to be fixed somehow. Natural disasters continue to be a problem for people all over, and they are just lucky that nobody was in the museum at the time, which would have made things much worse.
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