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  • 12 February 2014, 19:59

Sinkhole Swallows Corvettes In Kentucky

A sinkhole has opened up at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, wrecking eight cars.

The hole, which is around 40ft (12m) across and 25ft to 30ft deep, opened up at about 5.40am local time.

The collapse set off an alarm and a call to the fire department.

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said no-one was in the museum, in Bowling Green, at the time and no injuries were reported.

She said six of the cars that were swallowed up were owned by the museum. They were a 1962 black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, a 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette, a 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette and a 2009 white 1.5 Millionth Corvette.

The other two wrecked cars - a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil - were on loan from General Motors.

A structural engineer was called to the museum to assess the damage and the stability of the area, Ms Frassinelli said.

The section of the museum where the hole is will remained closed, but other parts have opened.

Bowling Green is the only place where General Motors builds the iconic Corvette.

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