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Chain-Reaction Crash Triggers Priciest Pileup Ever

8 Ferraris, 3 Mercedes, a Lamborghini Diablo turned into scrap
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2011 12:50 AM CST
Chain-Reaction Crash Triggers Priciest Pileup Ever
Police officers investigate damaged Ferraris on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, southwestern Japan, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

(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.

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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. (Read more Mercedes-Benz stories.)

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