All businesses have a bad day now and again. Poor sales, rude customers, bad weather – all of these things are pretty well out of the control of upper management, yet they still have a huge effect on employees and customers alike. I’m not sure what you’d consider as a “bad day” for a business, but the ground opening up and swallowing priceless inventory definitely qualifies as a bad day in my book.
That scenario above is exactly what happened on February 12th of this year at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Somewhere in the realm of 5:30 AM a sinkhole started to open in the ground. Over the course of the next few minutes, the sinkhole grew to around 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep and rare corvettes started to disappear into the ground.
Talk About Vanishing Into Thin Air!
All in all, at the end of the day, 8 very rare Corvettes dropped into the sinkhole. Thankfully, the museum wasn’t open at the time of the disaster and there were no physical injuries – the same obviously can’t be said of the Corvettes, though. It’s unknown at this time the extent of all of the damages to the cars, but the reports can’t be expected to be good. So far, they’ve only been able to retrieve 1 car, and they aren’t really sure how they’re going to retrieve the rest of them.
Of the 8 Corvettes that were lost, only 6 were actually owned by the museum – the other 2 were loaners from General Motors. (I don’t imagine they included a sinkhole clause in their lease, but they might from now on!)
It goes without saying that the National Corvette Museum is going to be closed for the foreseeable future as the ground and structure gets evaluated to make sure more sinkholes aren’t going to appear.
[Image via Recorder]