Bowling Green, KY, United States (4E) – Eight vintage cars on display at the National Corvette Museum’s Sky Dome were damaged after falling into a 40-foot-wide and 25-foot-deep sink hole early Wednesday morning.
No one was injured when the sinkhole opened around 5:30 a.m. CST and set off motion detectors around 5:44 a.m. The museum in Bowling Green was still closed around the time.
The museum’s security company alerted museum officials, who rushed to the scene and saw the sinkhole in the middle of the Sky Dome facility. Structural engineers later assessed the Sky Dome to be undamaged and stable, according to museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli.
The cars that fell into the sinkhole were a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors, 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.
Museum staff removed one car, a 1983 Corvette, which was not in the sink hole, said museum executive director Wendell Strode. The car is the only one of its kind.
Meanwhile, Jason Polk, a professor of geology and geography at Western Kentucky University. Is leading the investigation of the cause and extent of the sinkhole.
The museum opened to the public on Wednesday but the Sky Dome was off limits to visitors as a safety precaution.