Supercar fans, you might want to avert your eyes: a multi-car pile-up in southwest Japan yesterday claimed 14 cars, including eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini, and a handful of Mercedes-Benz models.
According to the Associated Press, the crash happened early Sunday morning on the Chugoku Expressway in Yamaguchi Prefecture, located on Honshu Island. Sources say the carnage unfolded when the leader of a convoy of exotic cars moved to pass another vehicle, struck the median, and spun. Subsequently, the following cars crashed while trying to avoid the leader.
All told, eight Ferraris, one Lamborghini, and three Mercedes-Benz cars were involved in the crash, as well as two Toyotas that were part of slower-moving traffic when they were caught in the crash. Footage filmed after the crash shows the totaled Ferraris include an F355, a F430 Scuderia, two 360 Modenas, a Testarossa/512 variant, and a 348. It took traffic police and workers more than six hours to clear the resulting scene, and 10 people were treated for bruises and cuts. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, although we can’t say the same for the cars, which are likely totaled beyond reasonable repair.
Bloomberg reports there’s a heavy fine for this mess. The 60-year-old man who initially spun reportedly faces fines up to $1280, or three months in jail.
While there’s no way of knowing exactly how much this crash will cost its owners, early estimates have topped $1 million. Whether or not that means this crash will top the Monte Carlo dust-up from earlier this year remains to be seen, but we hope the trend of multi-supercar pileups in picturesque locations comes to an end soon.