Staff at the National Corvette Museum at Bowling Green, Kentucky, have seen eight of their priceless museum pieces swallowed by a sinkhole.
Security footage (above) captures the moment at 05:39 AM local time when the floor began to give way under the famous ‘Skydome’, and the first of eight Chevrolet Corvettes begins to fall.
The hole was soon much larger, and had workers scrambling to move other Corvettes to safety.
All but two of the remaining cars that were in danger have been moved to safer ground. Engineers are now assessing the situation before attempts to remove the cars can begin.
Bowling Green sits in an area of Kentucky with numerous deep limestone caves and sinkholes, caused by a collapse underground, occasionally appear.
No injuries were reported in the incident.
The list of cars swallowed by the sinkhole reads like a Corvette history book:
- 1962 Black Corvette
- 1984 PPG Pace Car
- 1992 White One-Millionth Corvette
- 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
- 1993 ZR-1 Spyder
- 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
- 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
- 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil”
None of the damaged cars were on loan to the museum except the ZR-1 Spyder and ZR1 “Blue Devil”, which are owned by General Motors.
It is unknown at this stage how many of the Corvettes can be repaired, and how many will be written off.
Early estimates suggest the hole is up to 12 metres deep.
Scroll down to see the aftermath via remote helicopter video.