A sinkhole swallowed the National Corvette Museum
A sinkhole opened up on Wednesday morning in Bowling Green, Kentucky, directly under the display floor the National Corvette Museum, and it swallowed up eight of the vintage cars on display.
“It’s about 20 feet deep,” said museum executive director Wendell Strode. “As best as I can see it is about as big as the pedestal area where we had the cars displayed.”
As the sinkhole opened up it triggered an alarm, and the security company promptly called an employee, who found six decades of American auto innovation lost to a giant hole in the ground.
What are the chances? The museum would like you not to read into the event a metaphor for the collapse of American dominance on the world stage.
The National Corvette Museum is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. The first Corvette was introduced in 1953 and construction on the Corvette Museum completed in 1994.
“This is going to be an interesting situation,” Strode said. He explained that a structural engineer is needed to assess what can be done about the cars at the bottom of the hole. Nonetheless, a 20th anniversary celebration of the museum is set to go ahead for September.