Flashy sports cars valued at as much as $4 million became
a mangled mess in a matter of minutes on Sunday when a Ferrari leading a
pack of exotic sports cars on a trip from Japan’s southern island of Kyushu
to Hiroshima skidded as it tried to change lanes.
When the smoke cleared, eight Ferraris and one
Lamborghini in a 20-vehicle group driven by amateur sports car
aficionados were among the cars banged up in the 14-car pile-up. About 10
people suffered minor injuries in the accident on Sunday morning on a 400
meter-long curve, according to the Yamaguchi prefecture police. Some have
already been discharged from the hospital.
But local authorities say it likely wasn’t a case of “The
Fast and the Furious.”
Although the investigation is continuing, based on
initial interviews, the type of the damage the vehicles suffered and
injuries, authorities said they don’t believe the cars were burning rubber
as per the highway throwdowns made famous in the street racer movie series.
Instead, wet road conditions may have caused the first
car, a Ferrari driven by a 60-year-old male, to slip on the two-lane highway
and smash into a guard rail. Cars behind then added to the pile-up as they
tried to screech on the brakes. Yamaguchi prefecture’s highway investigation
officials declined to specify how fast the cars were traveling.
In addition to the nine sports cars damaged, another two
Mercedes Benz cars traveling on the other side of the highway got caught up
in the crash when flying car parts hit the vehicles.