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Sinkhole swallows eight cars inside National Corvette Museum

Julianne Cassidy

Sinkhole swallows eight cars inside National Corvette Museum

Julianne Cassidy
CREATED Feb. 12, 2014

Eight cars, including two on loan, were swallowed up by a sinkhole in Kentucky's National Corvette Museum at 5:40 a.m. CST on Feb. 12. Bowling Green, Ky., is where General Motors builds the timeless Corvette.

Kim Lancaster, Bowling Green city spokeswoman, confirms that no one was inside at the time of the collapse, as the museum's alarm system alerted the fire department.

Nashville's NewsChannel 5 reports that the "1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors," and are considered irreplacable due to their historical value. "The other cars damaged were a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette" all owned by the museum.

"The hole is in part of the domed section of the museum and that area will remain closed. That's an original part of the facility which was completed in 1994," further reports NewsChannel 5. "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. A few feet away, other Corvettes sit undamaged and undisturbed."

The National Corvette Museum is set to host a 20th anniversary "Corvette Caravan" celebration of the museum in September.

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