Monday, December 5, 2011

Luxury car pile-up in Japan

What started as a luxury car joyride amongst automotive enthusiasts ended in an expensive 14 car pileup on a Japanese freeway over the weekend.   ABC News reported this morning on the accident as perhaps the most expensive crash in the world, estimated at $3 million (although the police have not issued the actual estimate).

 The accident included three Mercedes-Benz, a Lamborghini and a staggering eight Ferraris.  The driver responsible for the costly crash was one of the Ferraris drivers, who decided to accelerate past the pack in an attempt to take over the lead sled position.  This led to the Ferraris hitting a median and losing control.  The car came back across and hi the adjacent luxury cars in the pack.  After that, it was bump, grind and collide as the expensive rides each either lost control or attempted to avoid the building collision.  At the time, the cars were reportedly travelling at around 140 KPH or 90 MPH.

The crash shut down the Chugoku Expressway for a reported six hour stretch as cleanup crews and police worked to remove debris from the vehicles.  Nobody involved in the accident was seriously injured; however 10 people were treated for cuts and bruises at a local hospital.  The same cannot be said for the egos and wallets of those involved in the incident.

Tyler Baker; One Stop Motors Writer

( Source : ABC News )

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