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Sinkhole swallows vintage Vettes

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Eight cars collapsed into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Wednesday. The museum still opened but closed off the damaged area.

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Eight cars collapsed into a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., on Wednesday. The museum still opened but closed off the damaged area.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- A sinkhole collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky on Wednesday, damaging eight cars.

Museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli said six of the cars were owned by the museum and two -- a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil -- were on loan from General Motors.

A Bowling Green city spokeswoman said the hole opened up at about 5:40 a.m. CST, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department. Frassinelli said no one was in the museum at the time.

The hole is in part of the domed section of the museum, and that area will remain closed. The fire department estimated the hole is roughly 12 metres across and 7.5 to nine metres deep. A short distance away, other Corvettes sit undamaged.

Frassinelli said the rest of the museum was open Wednesday.

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

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 13, 2014 A16

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