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February 13, 2014

Sinkhole swallows Corvettes

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. —

The museum said a structural engineering firm determined the perimeter of the domed area is stable.

Pictures of the sinkhole showed a collapsed section of floor with multiple cars visible inside the hole. A few feet away, other Corvettes sat undamaged. Most of the vehicles were later removed from the damaged area, and the museum was contacting their owners.

“It’s certainly a sad day here,” Strode said.

Visitors trickled into the museum Wednesday, some unaware the main exhibit area was closed. They gazed at the Corvettes on display in the main lobby and shook their heads in amazement that prized Corvettes had been swallowed by the earth.

“That’s a whole lot of money just to throw down a hole,” said Alida Kriete, who stopped with her family on their way back home in Indiana after a vacation to the Gulf Coast.

Dettman estimated it could take weeks to months to repair the damage. The expense could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars, he said.

Lancaster said information was still being gathered about what exactly happened, but it appeared to be the first problem of its kind at the property.

Bowling Green sits in the midst of the state’s largest karst region — the Western Pennyroyal area, where many of Kentucky’s longest and deepest caves run underground. A karst region displays distinctive surface features, including sinkholes.

Sinkholes are common in the area, but this one was unique, Dettman said.

“One, it’s full of Corvettes, and two that it was inside a structure,” he said.

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