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A sinkhole opened up underneath part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday and swallowed eight Corvettes whole.
At around 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep, the sinkhole emerged under the Skydome section of the Corvette Museum said Executive Director Wendell Strode, reports CNN.
The museum houses rare and unique Corvettes, including the only 1983 model still in existence. It is also home to famous Corvettes seen in magazines and auto shows and Corvettes that are on loan from private owners.
Corvette enthusiasts donated six of the cars that met an unfortunate fate. General Motors owned the other two. The sinkhole engulfed a 1962 Black Corvette, a 1984 PPG Pace Car, and a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, creating a substantial monetary and emotional loss.
No one was injured, but the Corvette enthusiasts community took a huge emotional hit.
"We had several employees were in tears back there," said Wendell Strode, the executive director of the museum, reports The New York Daily News. "They’re here every day, they work with (the Corvettes), they take care of them."
The Bowling Green museum will have lots of work to do concerning the gaping hole and to prepare for a 2014 Corvette Caravan, which will mark the museum's 20th anniversary.
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