Sinkhole swallows 8 Corvettes at Kentucky museum

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Eight vehicles were swallowed by a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Wednesday morning.

The sinkhole is estimated to be around 40 feet wide and 20-30 feet deep.

Officials with the Corvette Museum tell WKYT all but two vehicles have been removed from the Skydome. They can't be removed, because they're too close to the hole.

WKU made a drone camera they're using to look inside.

The museum will re-open Thursday. The Skydome, however, will be closed until further notice.

They say they're still waiting for the insurance company for damage estimates. However, they say some of the cars are priceless, and putting a monetary amount will be difficult, maybe even impossible.

They're also unsure if the cars are repairable.

The museum sent out the following release, detailing this morning's incident:

"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."

National Corvette Museum

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