Expensive car pile-up in Japan
A major highway in Japan experienced an expensive pile-up after eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini, three Mercedes-Benz, a Prius and another Toyota crashed into each other. The eight Ferraris and the Lamborghini were thought to be traveling together to Hiroshima for a sports car enthusiast gathering on a wet road. The other five cars were driving along separately when the crash first happened and were all caught up in it.
The accident occurred at around 10 a.m. on Sunday. It is believed that “speeding was possible, but we have yet to determine the exact cause” of the accident Highway Patrol Lieutenant Eiichiro Kamitani said. “I’ve never seen such a thing,” he added. It is speculated that the first Ferrari driver was switching lanes and either skidded or hit the barrier which led the other drivers to swerve sharply in an attempt to avoid hitting each other.
No serious injuries were reported, but ten people, five men and five women, were treated for bruises and cuts. The person believed to be responsible for the incident is a 60-year-old self-employed man. He may face up to three months in jail or a fine for unknown charges.
It took over six hours to clear up the highway. Although calculations for the damage have not been made, speculation is that it is between $1 million to $4 million, perhaps the most expensive crashes on a highway in Japan.