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Wed February 12, 2014
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Sinkhole Swallows Cars at Bowling Green Corvette Museum

Updated 9:43 a.m.

Officials say the sinkhole that opened up at the Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning measured 25-30 feet deep and 40 feet wide. Eight cars were affected by the sinkhole, several others that were in the domed area of the museum remain in place.  Reversing an earlier decision, the museum has announced that it is closed at the moment.

A sinkhole opened up in the dome portion of the National Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning
A sinkhole opened up in the dome portion of the National Corvette Museum early Wednesday morning
Credit National Corvette Museum

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A sinkhole has opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum, swallowing eights cars on display at the Bowling Green facility.

A news release from the museum says the Bowling Green Fire Department responded to an alarm that was triggered by the sinkhole shortly after 5:30 a.m.

Six of the corvettes that went into the sinkhole were owned by the museum, with two others on loan from General Motors.

Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode told the Daily News the hole is about 20 feet deep, and is located under the dome part of the building where several Corvettes are kept on display for tourists.

Strode says the cars will remain in the ground until a structural engineer arrives and evaluates how to proceed.

The cars on loan from GM are:

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

The other six vehicles owned by the museum are:

  • 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

WKU Public Radio's Lisa Autry is at the Corvette Museum to cover the story. Check back with us on the air and online throughout the day for more information as we learn it.

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