Wed Feb 12 2014 15:46:27 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Sinkhole swallows 8 vehicles at National Corvette Museum
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - A massive sinkhole swallowed eight vehicles in southern Kentucky.
Officials with The National Corvette Museum were alerted to the situation around 5:45 a.m. when motion detectors began going off at the Sky Dome area of the museum.
Upon arrival, a sinkhole measuring about 40 feet wide and 25 to 30 feet deep was discovered inside.
According to the museum's director, Wendell Strode, it caused the building's power to go out and damaged eight Corvettes on display.
Two of the Corvettes damaged, a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil," were on loan from General Motors.
The other six Corvettes were owned by the museum and included a 1962 Black Corvette, 1984 PPG Pace Car, 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.
None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals.
The National Corvette Museum was closed at the time of the incident. No one was injured.
A structural engineer will assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas.
Officials stated the museum will still be open for the day, but the Sky Dome area will remain closed to both visitors and employees.