Around 5:30am this morning, a 40 foot wide sinkhole swallowed eight rare Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Images of the devastation began trickling in; now the museum has published a snippet of its surveillance footage documenting the exact moment the ground collapsed.
Fortunately the incident happened when the museum was closed, and no one got hurt. The video shows how quickly the pit materializes; the ground initially shakes prior to its collapse, followed by two cars (the white one being the 1.5 millionth Corvette ever made) disappear into the abyss.
When the video stops, the pit reportedly grew quickly, consuming the rest of the cars in shot within minutes, including two owned by General Motors. With a depth of around 30 feet, the part of the museum known as Skydome is completely devastated. Employees spent the day removing the remaining vehicles out of harm's way, including a prototype 1983 Corvette, a model year GM never built.
Check out the video below of Western Kentucky University's engineering department sending a drone into the pit for closer inspection:
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