In what could be the most expensive car accident ever recorded, at least 11 sports cars were damaged in a 14-car pileup Tuesday on the Chugoku Expressway, a major highway in Japan’s Yamaguchi Prefecture. Among the cars damaged that were identified in news reports were eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini, two Mercedes-Benzs and a Toyota Prius.
The sports cars were traveling together in a convoy from Kyushu to Hiroshima, according to Bloomberg. The pileup, caused by one of the Ferrari drivers, shut down the highway for nearly six hours.
Authorities believe the pileup began when one of the Ferrari drivers tried to change lanes at a high speed (despite rainy conditions) and hit the median barrier. After striking the median barrier, he spun across the road, and while attempting to avoid hitting the spinning car, the other cars collided with each other.
It is believed that the damages will eclipse the $3 million mark and possibly go above $4 million. The 60-year old, self-employed man being blamed for starting the incident could face three months in jail or a fine in excess of $1,200.
Scenes from the wreck below:
WARNING: These images will be graphic to any supercar enthusiast.