A 40-foot sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY swallowed eight vintage ‘Vettes early this morning, and while no one was injured, the impromptu spelunking has claimed the life of several rare sports cars.
A 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil were on loan from General Motors, while the other six Corvettes — including the one-millionth model produced, along with a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 and a black 1962 ‘Vette — were owned by the museum.
The sinkhole is reportedly 20-30 feet deep, and likely caused by the thousands of underground caves in the area. The museum is 30 minutes away from the Mammoth Cave National Park, the largest string of caves in the world, with over 400 miles of explored chambers, and geologists from the Western Kentucky University have been called in to investigate.
Cameras identified motion inside the Sky Dome portion of the museum at around 5:45 AM. By the late morning, the local fire department allowed one vehicle — the only 1983 Corvette in existence — to be removed from the room. Since then, a parade of ‘Vettes have been driven out of the museum as structural experts assess the situation.