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Sinkhole Hits Museum

Eight Cars Destroyed (UPDATE: Added Video of site)

Larry Jewett - February 12, 2014 10:33 AM

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It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident.

Devastating news this morning from the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

In an e-mail, administrators stated, “We received a call at 5:44am from our security company alerting us of our motion detectors going off in our Skydome area of the Museum. Upon arrival, it was discovered that a sinkhole had collapsed within the Museum. No one was in or around the Museum at the time. The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area.

It is with heavy hearts that we report that eight Corvettes were affected by this incident.  Those cars include:

• 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

Click HERE for a photo album of the cars damaged by the sinkhole. None of the cars affected were on loan from individuals. We have contacted a structural engineer who is arriving today to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas.  While the Skydome area is closed, the remainder of the Museum is still open.
This year the NCM celebrates their 20th Anniversary and are looking forward to re-opening the Skydome exhibit area very soon. This VIDEO from the NCM security cameras shows the event as it happened around 5:40 AM. Click HERE for a video of the sink hole area in the daylight. Keep in mind, those things that look like matchboxes at the bottom of the crater, are irreplacable jems of Corvette history!

Fire officials estimated the hole was 40 feet across and possibly 25-30 feet deep.

 

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