Sinkhole At Corvette Museum Swallows Eight Cars, Strikes Fear Into Our Hearts
In a scene from one of our nightmares, a sinkhole at Kentucky's Corvette Museum swallowed no less than eight Corvette cars early Wednesday morning. Luckily, because it was before opening hours, nobody was in the museum at the time. The sinkhole occurred inside the museum and the affected area was cordoned off, but in a serious show of resilience, the rest of the Corvette Museum opened for business Wednesday anyway.
Six of the cars belonged to the museum, and two were on loan from General Motors. The museum sits atop Kentucky's largest karst region, a kind of landscape characterized by sinkholes, caves, and underground drainage systems. The museum is still trying to figure out what exactly happened — it's the first sinkhole at the museum — and an engineer is there at the moment, figuring out how stable the rest of the area is.
The sinkhole was roughly 40 feet wide and 25-30 feet deep, and though its not clear how much the damage will cost, officials have said that it's "substantial." The Corvette Museum is in honor of the Chevrolet Corvette, which was first made in America in in 1953 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where the museum sits.
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