Supercars were everywhere yesterday when a convoy of classic and modern Ferraris, Mercedes-Benz and a Lamborghini had probably the most expensive shunt in motoring history.
The accident happened at just after 10am on the Chugoku Expressway in Yamaguchi Prefecture at the western tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu. According to witnesses the conditions were wet.
It is thought that the lead Ferrari of the convoy hit the central reservation which the caused the 14 car pile-up. Eight Ferraris including 355, 360 and Testarossa models, three Mercedes-Benz and a Lamborghini were damaged in the crash.
“The accident occurred when the driver of a red Ferrari was switching from the right lane to the left and skidded,” said Mitsuyoshi Isejima, executive officer for Yamaguchi Prefecture’s Expressway Traffic Police unit.
“It was a gathering of narcissists.” The drivers were aged between 37 and 60 years old, he said.
Several drivers and passengers were treated for minor injuries. The person suspected of causing the accident may face up to three months in jail or a fine of as much as 100,000 yen ($1,280).
The incident, which happened in the southern prefecture of Yamaguchi, wiped out 14 cars, including eight Ferraris, three Mercedes and a Lamborghini.
According to police, the crash started when one of the Ferrari drivers lost control of their car while changing lanes and ploughed into the central reservation.
“A group of cars was doing 140-160km (85-100 miles) per hour,” an unidentified eyewitness told Japanese broadcaster TBS. “One of them spun and they all ended up in this great mess.”
The road was closed for six hours while authorities cleared up the damage, which included several Ferrari 360s, F355s and a Testarossa, many of which look likely to have been written off. Although none of the drivers or passengers was seriously injured, it’s been reported that 10 people were treated for bruises and minor injuries. And no doubt some seriously bruised wallets.
So if you happen to need some spare parts for your Ferrari, we suspect there might be a glut of them in Japan in the not-so-distant future..