National Corvette Museum sinkhole - video screencapToday's big news has been the 40-foot sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, that swallowed eight rare Corvettes, including two that were on loan from General Motors. After initially announcing that the rest of the museum would be open today, authorities then served notice that the entire museum would be closed for the day while they figured out what to do next.

Evidently, 'what to do next' includes moving other cars in their collection that might be at risk due to the sinkhole. Because the museum operates so many webcams, it's been possible to follow the action unfolding live. Teams of people have been pushing Corvette display cars of all years and descriptions through the museum's carpeted halls, but it isn't immediately clear where these cars are going. Thanks to Autoblog reader Arnold A. and the folks at Jalopnik, we've got some choice screencaps of the action in our gallery.

The museum was alerted to the appearance of the sinkhole when motion sensors went off at 5:44 AM this morning. The 25- to 30-foot deep void has decimated a key attraction at the museum. Unfortunately, the webcam inside the Skydome is either not working as a result of the sinkhole or has been intentionally disabled. Either way, the Enthusiast cam will still provide you with a glimpse at its entrance. According to reports, structural engineers are now on site to assess the damage. The story is still developing, and the condition of the cars trapped in the hole is still unknown.

UPDATE: The National Corvette Museum has uploaded its first video of the sinkhole - check out the carnage below.

UPDATE: We now have many more images and new videos of the sinkhole, including security camera footage showing when the sinkhole formed and R/C helicopter footage of the aftermath. Check it all out in our followup post here.




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      carguy1701
      • 10 Months Ago
      Yikes. I really hope the cars that fell in can be recovered.
      karman876
      • 10 Months Ago
      Sort of looks like a bunch of matchboxes in a kid's sandbox. Those kids must have grown up to be the haters seen on this board.
      Rick C.
      • 10 Months Ago
      So I'm going to guess there was no basement, the dirt under the slab of the building actually gave way?
        carguy1701
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Rick C.
        There IS a basement, but I'm not sure where it is in relation to the Sky Dome (haven't been to the NCM yet). I see a couple columns, but I have no idea if they're part of the basement or the foundation (or both).
      Julius
      • 10 Months Ago
      That's a pretty big hole to fill...
      pschultz
      • 10 Months Ago
      "UPDATE: The National Corvette Museum has uploaded its first video of the sinkhole - check out the carnage below." Ha! Carnage. Car-nage.......... :'(
      bK
      • 10 Months Ago
      Don't they survey the land before they start building? Or did they cut corners.
        Brian Brown
        • 10 Months Ago
        @bK
        Problem with Kentucky and other midwest states is that they are on limestone bedrock, so after years of acid rain, huge underground caverns develop and tada!, instant sinkhole.
      Koenigsegg
      • 10 Months Ago
      leave the cars down there and fill it with concrete, they had their time and thats how they went out lol
        Eta Carinae
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        I dont see a tesla museum anywhere......
        Carlove215
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Koenigsegg
        See how long you ***** power car last. Don't drive to far you may not find a wall socket near by. Lol
      AlBongo
      • 10 Months Ago
      I never heard of anyone so desperately trying to save junk. It's like they're good cars or anything.
        the.fog
        • 10 Months Ago
        @AlBongo
        That's funny... I seem to remember many republican senators arguing in favor of import manufacturers that "might leave" if the big three got a bailout.
        the.fog
        • 10 Months Ago
        @AlBongo
        That's funny... Considering the republican senators that came out of the wood work to save import manufacturers circa 2009.
      citroen_2cv
      • 10 Months Ago
      Unbiased truth: Toyotas lands better .
      Gary Wells
      • 10 Months Ago
      looks like there is room for the rest of them!!
      Danial Sheikh
      • 10 Months Ago
      hahahahaha
      CityLife
      • 10 Months Ago
      Just waiting for you Ford guys and "this is just a publicity stunt" rabble rabble rabble.
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