A road accident involving 24 cars, including 8 Ferraris, a Lamborghini and 3 Benzes, has been hailed as one of the most spectacularly expensive road accidents in Japan’s history.
The accident unfolded over a 400m stretch of Yamaguchi prefecture highway, mildly curving and slightly inclined, as a Ferrari lost control and collided with the median, causing further collisions in the group of vehicles following.
Several of the cars avoided collision by swift braking, but the accident sent almost caused disaster even in the opposite lane – one driver travelling in the opposite direction narrowly avoided a serious accident
“One of the Ferraris spun out of control and the other cars all successively smashed into each other whilst they were trying to avoid it. The crash sent debris flying with such force that my windscreen was cracked.”
10 people were hospitalised as a result of the crash, all with light injuries.
Of the 24 vehicles involved, at least 8 Ferraris, 1 Lamborghini and 3 Mercedes Benz vehicles were involved in the crash, with a total of 6 vehicles being completely destroyed.
The cars were supposedly driving together on their way to a club lunch for members of a automobile fanciers’ club.
As might be imagined, attention has focused on what speeds they were travelling at – according to one witness “the cars were travelling at 140-160kph (87-100mph).”
The highway remained closed for some time after the accident.