The drivers of at least 10 sports cars involved in a pile-up in Yamaguchi Prefecture in December 2011 are finally to be charged.
Eight Ferraris and a Lamborghini were among the cars wrecked in the crash that Yamaguchi police dubbed “a gathering of narcissists.”
The accident occurred when the driver of a red Ferrari in the lead was switching from the right lane to the left on the rain-soaked Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture and skidded. The drivers, aged between 37 and 60 years old, were subsequently involved in a pile-up in which six people were injured, two of them seriously.
The accident also involved a Ferrari F-360, valued at around 18 million yen. Police said clearing the wreckage from the highway took over six hours.
The driver suspected of causing the accident, a 60-year-old self-employed man from Fukuoka Prefecture, and the nine others are to be charged with accidental infliction of injury while driving, TBS reported.
Mangled Ferraris—many of them racing red—and debris were spread over some 400 meters of the east-bound side of the expressway, the main trunk road in southern Honshu.
A Prius and a second Toyota were also caught up in the 14-car smash but were not part of the supercar pack. The three other vehicles involved in the accident were all Mercedes-Benz.
At the time, a witness said that a group of cars was doing 140-160 kilometers per hour. The speed limit on that section of the highway was 80 kilometers per hour.
One of the Ferraris was a F430 Scuderia, a model with a top speed of 320 kilometers per hour.