The National Corvette Museum has been temporarily closed due to a huge 40-foot sinkhole which has swallowed eight Corvettes. Fortunately nobody was in the building at the time and their are no casualties but it is quite a sight!
UPDATE: This security video footage has just been released showing the sinkhole forming and the aftermath…
The museum released this statement and images earlier today:
National Corvette Museum Media Alert – Sinkhole Erupts in Skydome
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
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 we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and look forward to re-opening the Skydome exhibit area very soon.