Corvette Museum: Sinkhole Consumes Eight Cars


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The Chevrolet Corvette has been an American icon since it was first unveiled in 1953 and has also become a very powerful status symbol among American drivers as well. With the popularity of the Corvette, a museum has been dedicated to the iconic muscle car in Bowling Green, Kentucky. If you are a die-hard Chevrolet Corvette fan, I do apologize for the news that I am about to bring you.

According to Yahoo News, on February 12th, a sinkhole created under the foundation of the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, enveloped various Corvettes on display inside a section of the museum building. A phone call was made from the museum's security company to its officials stating that the motion detection system inside the museum had been activated.

At the time of the phone call, the Bowling Green Fire Department was alerted and arrived on the scene to secure the area. According to Yahoo! News, it is estimated that the size of the hole created inside the museum is 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep. The Corvette types that were swallowed up by the sinkhole were:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan from General Motors)
  • 2009 ZR-1 Blue Devil (on loan from General Motors)
  • 1962 Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 Corvette (the one-millionth made)
  • 1993 Corvette (40th anniversary edition)
  • 2001 ZO6 Corvette
  • 2009 Corvette (1.5 millionth made)

The actual creation of the sinkhole was caught on the museum's security cameras, and various shots of the sinkhole swallowing these cars have been posted on the museum's Twitter account: @corvettemuseum.

In a report from FOX News, an estimation of the cost of the damage to the vehicles in the sinkhole and the structural damage to the museum has not been determined. Bowling Green City Spokeswoman Kim Lancaster told The Associated Press that this incident is the first of its kind to happen at the Corvette museum. No injuries from the sinkhole incident have been reported.

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