6 Ravenous Car Swallowing Sinkholes Caught In Action

Updated October 19, 2015

Sinkholes are a more common occurrence, as development undermines the landscape. No one knows where the next one will open so watch where you park your car.

There are actually two types of sinkholes. What geologists would call true sinkholes: areas where underground water has dissolved the rock causing it to give way. What we non-geologists call sinkholes are those caused by humans: building in the wrong place, changing the course of ground water, and other destabilizing activities. In either case, you might want to think about not leaving your valuables in your car from now on – just in case.

Miami Sinkhole Waits Patiently At Stop Sign


You’re driving along the streets of Miami in your drop-top MR Spyder. As you roll up to a STOP sign, you feel a shaking and then the nose of your car points into the air. Living in Florida you know to get out of the car as soon as you can. Luckily in this case the Toyota sports car was retrieved before sliding any deeper into the sinkhole.

Sinkhole Swallows Two Cars, Then a Third as Emergency Crews Watch Helplessly

In Southeast Chicago a sinkhole opened up on a quiet residential street, and immediately pulled two cars into its grasp. Concerned neighbors called 911 but the emergency crews arrived just in time to watch the hole widen and draw another car into the earth.

One Sinkhole Devours Five Porsches

In 1981 a 320 foot by 90 foot sinkhole opened up in Winter Park, FL and nearly swallowed an entire repair shop that specialized in Porsches. The final toll was five heavily-damaged Porsche 911s at the bottom of the sinkhole, along with a Datsun pickup fitted with a camper shell.

Street-side Sinkholes Swallows Cars Like Dominos

Those folks who parked along the street in Baltimore had idea that heavy rains had opened a sinkhole hidden in an embankment above some railroad tracks. Once the sliding began there was nothing that could be done to stop it, as horrified vehicle owners watched their cars tumble 40 feet down to the tracks.

Sinkhole Gobbles Up Polish Fire Truck


This amazing photo is of a fire truck trapped in a sinkhole in Southern Poland. Heavy rains had made the ground unstable and as the heavy truck passed over the weak area it opened up a sinkhole. Luckily they were headed back to the station at the time.

National Corvette Museum

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at 5:44 a.m., National Corvette Museum (NCM) personnel were notified that motion detectors were going off in the Skydome area of the museum. When NCM personnel arrived on site, a sinkhole was discovered, measuring about 45 feet wide, 60 feet long and up to 30 feet deep.

The sinkhole swallowed eight historic Corvettes – two on loan from GM and six owned by the museum: 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, 2009 ZR-1 “Blue Devil” prototype, 1962 Corvette, 1984 PPG Pace Car, 1992 1-millionth Corvette, 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette, 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette, and a 2001 “Mallett Hammer” Z06 which was totally destroyed (last photo).






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