• Feb 12th 2014 at 10:28AM
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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Corvettes At Kentucky Museum

More cars are being moved inside the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. to avoid falling down the same sinkhole that swallowed eight classic sports cars early this morning, Autoblog reported.

Museum officials said the hole was discovered when motion sensors activated around 5:45 a.m. The rescue mission can be viewed on the museum's live feed cameras, which weren't working after the sinkhole emerged.

A 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil," both on loan from General Motors, were among the cars that fell into the sinkhole. The museum owned the other affected Corvettes, which included a 1963 Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car and the 1 millionth Corvette ever produced.

The state of the cars at the bottom of the hole isn't known, but trial lawyer and sinkhole expert Ted Corless said the cars may be a total loss for the museum and GM.

"Most states, including Kentucky, exclude damage caused by sinkhole activity," he said. "There will be, in all likelihood, a claim made, but a lot of policies would specifically exclude these kinds of damages."

Corless has 15 years experience dealing with sinkholes. He said that typically neither the building, nor the cars themselves are protected under their insurance policies.

"I would have to say, more likely then not, they're going to have an uninsured loss measured in the hundreds of thousands of dollars."

The museum is closed Wednesday while a structural engineer assesses the damage.

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      A moment of silence for the '63, shall we?
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      Uninsured??? Why would anyone do that??? Reminds me of a local guy. Had a 70 LT1 with 12K REAL!!! Not vette owners real, R E A L... on the clock & NO Insurance. Got crashed (Not his fault) and lost out big...
        Michelle CD
        • 1 Year Ago
        The place was probably insured for everything else, but insurance companies themselves will not insure for sink holes.
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTH is with Logan's make up today ? her lipstick makes her look like "The Joker"
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      Exciting cars, don't get, totalled; they, get, rebuilt; from the ground up, if, necessary... Watch what they get sold for, as is, if, sold, or, how, they get rebuilt... "Swallowed, " suggests, sealed, under; a good trick, from a vertical collapse, of the pad, they, were sitting, atop; not, under... unless, they were under a collapse... Edgrrr...
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      "Irreplaceable 1983 Corvette" As someone who came of age in the 1980s, I am so happy to hear that something from the 80s is considered worth preserving!
      • 1 Year Ago
      The republicans have a plan for all these sink holes. Kill the unemployed and fill the sink holes with them. This would both lower unemployment as well as fill the sink holes. And that's what the unemployed deserve for being unemployed anyway.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I think grumblee and comment 814 ought to take a look in the evil prince's hate mirror! We're talking about Republicans. . .the most hateful creatures to walk the earth in recent history. And that's no joke
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        you deserve to fall into a meat grinder!
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        Are you really that stupid and hateful. You have a liar and chief in the white house and you make up crap like this. Well you are a good little libbie and fit right in with the rest of the hateful jerks.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Tom, your statement can't be. The Repubicans have no plans for anything other than their respective re-elections.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A 63? That one alone is really bad.
      mike edwards
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      what a shame its still americas sports car with plastic bodyand powerful engine. ps the 2014 goes 200 mph.
      • 1 Year Ago
      sink hole ? Now it's "The Money Pit"
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        LOL, I liked that.
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      Thats a hell of a hole shot.. We will miss them but they were old. Its in the HOLE. caddyshack Wholly Vette Batman..
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unscheduled underground parking.
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