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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Cars from Corvette Museum

A 40-foot-wide sinkhole has consumed eight historic Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., Automotive News reports. photo: Automotive News The museum says the 30-foot-deep chasm opened up under the floor of the facility's Skydome area at about 5:40 a.m.
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A 40-foot-wide sinkhole has consumed eight historic Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., Automotive News reports.

photo: Automotive News

The museum says the 30-foot-deep chasm opened up under the floor of the facility's Skydome area at about 5:40 a.m. Wednesday.

No people were injured, but the vehicular damage was considerable. The engulfed cars include several one-of-a-kind models:

1962 black Corvette 1984 PPG Pace Car 1992 1-millionth Corvette 1993 40th anniversary Corvette 1993 ZR-1 Spyder 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil

The facility is awaiting an assessment from structural engineers to determine when the display area will be safe to enter. The museum is close to the Corvette factory in a region of Kentucky known for its caves and sinkholes, the latter of which can form unexpectedly over time.