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Sinkhole swallows Corvettes at Kentucky museum: 8 cars drop into bowels of Earth

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A sinkhole has swallowed up some vintage and classic Corvettes at Kentucky’s National Corvette Museum. One minute they were there and the next minute a gigantic hole sucked eight classic Corvette cars into the bowels of the Earth.

According to CNN News on Feb. 13, out of the eight cars that met their demise in the sinkhole, six were donated by people who love the Corvette car. The 40-foot-wide, 20-foot-deep sinkhole made the Chevrolet Corvettes look like Matchbox cars because the sinkhole was so big, said spokesperson for the Corvette Museum, Katie Frassinelli.

The official estimate on the loss of the cars is not done yet, but the museum believes this sinkhole caused millions of dollars’ worth of damage to the building and the cars combined.

The hole opened up under the museum’s yellow Sky Dome wing and it took some of the coolest cars on Earth with it. Motion detectors in the museum gave the first warning that something wasn’t right.

Drones were used to explore the sinkhole, as engineers from nearby Western Kentucky University mapped out the area of the sinkhole. What they found was a cave down there under the museum.

That would stand to reason since the Corvette Museum was just a stone’s throw away from Mammoth Cave National Park.

Here is a list of the classic cars that went down with the sinkhole:

* 1962 "Black Corvette"
* 1984 PPG pace car
* 2009 ZR1 "Blue Devil"
* 1992 white "1 Millionth Corvette"
* 1993 ruby red "40th Anniversary Corvette"
* 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
* 2009 white "1.5 Millionth Corvette"
* 1993 ZR-1 Spyder

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