December 6, 2011 by staff
Ferrari Pileup, Traffic cops investigating the mass supercar pile-up in Japan have branded the drivers involved a “gathering of narcissists”. Eight Ferraris, three Mercedes and a Lamborghini were caught up in the 14-car smash which is though to have cost around £2.6 million, making it one of the world’s most expensive car accidents.
Police are now reportedly investigating whether drivers were speeding along the Chugoku Expressway in southern Honshu when the incident happened at 10.16am on Sunday morning. Reports from Japan suggest eyewitnesses saw drivers zooming past at speeds of around 90mph, nearly double the 50mph speed limit. It is believed one driver lost control on the wet surface while trying to change lanes and hit a barrier before spinning back across the road.
Mitsuyoshi Isejima, executive officer for Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Expressway Traffic Police unit, reportedly said: “It was a gathering of narcissists.
“The accident occurred when the driver of a red Ferrari was switching from the right lane to the left and skidded.”
The driver suspected of causing the crash is believed to be a 60-year-old self-employed man from Fukuoka.
Mr Isejima suggested he may face up to three months in jail or a fine of 100,000 yen (£825).
Ten people – five men and five women – were taken to hospital with minor injuries but no one was seriously hurt.
The damage caused to many of the vehicles was thought to be so severe that they will have to be scrapped.
Video of the crash aired by NTV, a major national network, showed several smashed, bright red Ferraris cluttering the road.
A Ferrari F-360, which costs more than 18 million yen (£148,000) was also caught up in the smash.
The supercars were being driven from Hiroshima to Kyushu along the Chugoku Expressway, which had to be closed for six hours while clean-up crews removed the wreckage.
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