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8 rare cars swallowed by sinkhole at National Corvette Museum

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Among the cars damaged were a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil.” (Photo: National Corvette Museum)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP/PIX11) — A sinkhole has collapsed part of the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, damaging eight cars.

Bowling Green city spokeswoman Kim Lancaster says the hole opened up at around 5:40 a.m. CST Wednesday, setting off an alarm and a call to the fire department.

According to the museum’s website, the sinkhole is 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep.

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The museum says none of the damaged cars were on loan from individuals. (Photo: National Corvette Museum)

The hole is in part of the domed section of the museum, and that area will remain closed. That’s an original part of the facility for which construction began in 1992 and was completed in 1994.

Lancaster says information is still being gathered about what exactly happened, but this appears to be the first incident of its kind at the property.

The museum is closed for the day and a structural engineer is assessing the stability of the surrounding area.

No injuries have been reported.