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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Cars at National Corvette Museum

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A sinkhole has collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, damaging six cars but not shutting down the facility. 

Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster says the hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department.

"As it started happening, it triggered an alarm, so the security company called an employee," Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode told the Bowling Green Daily News.

"It's about 20 feet deep. As best as I can see it is about as big as the pedestal area where we had the cars displayed," Strode said.

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 for which construction began in 1992 and was completed in 1994.

Lancaster says information is still being gathered about what exactly happened, but this appears to be the first incident of its kind at the property.

No injuries were reported in the incident.



According to a news release the following cars were affected:  

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
  • 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil" on loan from General Motors

The other six vehicles were owned by the National Corvette Museum including:

  • 1962 Black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette


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