Italy is bleeding today:
An outing of luxury sports car enthusiasts in Japan ended in an
expensive freeway pileup - smashing a stunning eight Ferraris, a
Lamborghini and two Mercedes.
Police say they believe the
accident Sunday was touched off when the driver of one of the Ferraris
tried to change lanes and hit the median barrier. He spun across the
freeway, and the other cars collided while trying to avoid hitting his
Eight Ferraris and a Lamborghini were
part of a 14-car crash in Japan yesterday that wrecked more than
$1 million of vehicles.
“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.
The accident, at 10:16 a.m. on the rain-soaked Chugoku
Expressway in Yamaguchi Prefecture at the western tip of Japan’s
main island of Honshu, also involved three Mercedes Benz (DAI)
vehicles and two Toyotas, police said. The convoy was heading
from Kyushu to Hiroshima when the accident occurred. No
fatalities were reported and 10 people sustained bruising and
The person suspected of causing the accident, a 60-year-old
self-employed man from Fukuoka prefecture, may face up to three
months in jail or a fine of as much as 100,000 yen ($1,280),
said Isejima. The accident included a Ferrari F-360 that costs
more than 18 million yen. It took longer than six hours to clear
the highway of wreckage, Isejima said.
TV footage showed a Ferrari that had plowed into the outer
guard rail, while another one had its engine bonnet almost
Ferrari SpA, a unit of Fiat SpA (F), sold 493 cars in Japan
last year, down from 548 in 2009, according to the website of
the Japan Automobile Importers Association. All eight Ferraris
involved in the accident were registered in Kyushu, police said.
Miki Kataoka, a spokeswoman for Ferrari in Japan, declined to
comment on the crash.
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