Chain-Reaction Crash Triggers Priciest Pileup Ever
8 Ferraris, 3 Mercedes, a Lamborghini Diablo turned into scrap
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 5, 2011 12:50 AM CST
Police officers investigate damaged Ferraris on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, southwestern Japan, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
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(Newser) – A chain-reaction crash of some of the priciest driving machines in Japan triggered the most expensive pileup in car-wreck history. Millions of dollars of luxe metal were crumpled when eight Ferraris, three Mercedes Benzes, and a Lamborghini Diablo slammed into one another on the Chugoku Expressway in southwestern Japan yesterday in wet, slippery conditions. Most of the 14 cars, including a Toyota Prius, were traveling in the same direction, though one Mercedes was heading the other way.

The crash likely began when one of the Ferrari drivers attempted to overtake another car and slammed into a central barrier around a blind curve. None of the drivers was seriously injured, though several of the cars are total wrecks. A new Ferrari 355 alone sells for several hundred thousand dollars, notes the Telegraph.