Video footage from Museum security cameras shows the sinkhole collapse at Bowling Green, Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum. Eight valuable corvettes fell victim to a 40-foot-wide, 20-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up in the facility’s yellow Sky Dome wing.
The Louisville Courier-Journal says a timetable has not been placed at this point for when the cars will be removed from the hole and repairs are made to that wing of the museum. Engineers need to be sure it’s safe to work inside the pit.
The museum said that 2 of the 8 Corvettes belonged to General Motors and 6 of the cars were donated to the museum from private collectors. The estimated financial loss of these cars is projected to be huge, not to mention the damage to the building itself. If one of the cars lost was a one-off prototype, then it would mean that it was lost forever.
It is not likely that any cars swallowed by the sinkhole would remain in a salvageable condition. The National Corvette Museum is situated across the street from the assembly plant where Chevrolet manufactures all of the famous Corvettes. The site has been a popular attraction for automotive enthusiasts from all over the country.
A sinkhole, also known as a sink-hole, sink, swallow hole, shakehole, swallet or doline, is a depression or hole in the ground caused by some form of collapse of the surface layer.