Kentucky Sinkhole Just Swallowed 8 Cars From the National Corvette Museum
Let’s join hands in a moment of silence…..for the 8 cars swallowed by the Kentucky sinkhole this morning.
A massive sinkhole estimated to be 25-30 feet deep and 40 feet wide opened up this morning right under the National Corvette Museum located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Six of the cars were owned by the museum, and the other two were owned by GM. Even the Executive Director of the museum, Wendell Strode, seemed beyond baffled by the whole thing. “This is going to be an interesting situation.” Sure is, Wendell. Sure is.
First of all, there were zero human injuries, and that’s the most important thing. Second of all, what’s going on, nature? Are you going through a mid-life crisis or something? Ed Hardy retailers and pinky ring jewelry shops, beware! You might be next on the menu….
In all seriousness, it’s sad when any piece of history gets destroyed. And I love museums and rare, vintage cars, so this is definitely a shame. The museum said the cars are a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors; a 1962 Black Corvette; 1984 PPG Pace Car; 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette; 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette; 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette.
Emergency personnel were able to save one car (a 1983 Corvette) from joining the other 8 before the sinkhole widened. They might be able to pull the cars out of the sinkhole, but an assessment of the structural damage needs to be made first.
Jason Polk, a professor of geology and geography at Western Kentucky University, said that the Bowling Green-area geology lends itself to sink holes and they are not at all uncommon. “The cause of the sink hole at the Corvette Museum has not been determined, but oftentimes this kind of hole is caused by underground caves that expand over time until the surface gives way.”
Here’s some footage from the museum’s security cam:
Thank goodness nobody was hurt, because the size of that monster is pretty terrifying. WTF, nature?
Featured image via CNN