While many of us were sound asleep, the Earth decided to open its gaping maw right under the worst possible place for car lovers: The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. A large sinkhole almost directly centered under the museum's beloved Skydome opened up around 5:40 a.m., swallowing eight rare and valuable Corvette sports cars.

Some Corvettes sat unharmed next to the ones swallowed up by the sinkhole. 

The museum released a statement saying that "The Bowling Green Fire Department arrived on the scene and secured the area.  The Fire Department has estimated the size of the hole is 40 feet across and 25-30 feet deep." They also provided a list of the car casualties from this freak sinkhole are:

  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder on loan from General Motors
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” on loan from General Motors
  • 1962 Black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette

The museum did not have an estimate on what the total cost of these earth-swallowed cars did, but it did say that the museum would be closed while they study damage and situation. "A structural engineer is now on-site to assess the existing damage and stability of the surrounding areas," the museum wrote.