Report By: Nina Rai
Yamaguchi, 05 Dec., 2011
Japan surely seemed to be jinxed, what with natural disasters like the Tsunamis, earthquakes and nuclear fall-outs. And now comes’ the news of the world’s costliest freak accident taking place here on Sunday, 04 November, 2011.
In a scene which seemed to be straight out of an Hollywood action flick, 14 super luxury cars comprising of eight Ferraris, three Mercedes-Benz’s, one Lamborghini, one Nissan GT-R and a Prius were involved in a stunning crash resulting in a heap-up of mangled cars on the Ghugoku Expressway in Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan.
Fortunately, there has been no loss of lives in it so far. Ten persons are however, said to be injured in the crash and were immediately driven to a hospital. However the worst sufferers in this mishap on the highway are the vehicle insurers, with the damage bill sure to exceed a whopping $3 million.
According to local media; the person responsible for this costly blunder was a 60-year-old driver of one of the Ferraris. While on a curve, he is said to have wrongly driven the car from the right lane to the left one and banged into a median barrier. The impact of the sudden smash caused the car to spin out of control and fall over the freeway.
From there it hit an oncoming Mercedes Benz. It then broke into several pieces falling over the next 400 metres. The super cars following it soon joined the collision course and piled into the wreckage of the Benz and Ferrari. The crash took place around 10 am, when a convoy was moving from Kyushu to Hiroshima.
The Ferrari driver, who is understood to have caused the mishap, has been reportedly slapped a fine amounting to 100,000 yen and a prison term of three-months. It took local authorities approximately six hours to clear-up the wreckage. In all fourteen luxurious cars were badly damaged, the loss amounting to millions of dollars. One of the Ferraris’ a Ferrari F-360, which costs 18 million yen, was a mangled heap. At the time of the mishap there were around 20 luxurious cars present, out of which 14 were badly damaged.