Ferrari driver who caused €3m luxury car pile-up in Japan admits he was speeding
Published 07/12/2011 | 07:47
THE Ferrari driver who triggered a chain collision of luxury cars in Japan’s most expensive crash has admitted he was speeding to police, according to reports.
The 60-year-old self-employed man from Chikushino in southern Fukuoka, who has not been named, told police he was driving over the 80km per hour speed limit when he lost control of his red Ferrari.
The driver intended to change lanes while speeding along a wet stretch of the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, before skidding and hitting a guardrail.
The manoeuvre triggered a 14-car pile up, including a string of Ferraris, Mercedes and a Lamborghini, causing an estimated €3m worth of damage and causing minor injuries to 10 people.
According to the Mainichi newspaper, the man told prefectural highway police and other sources: “I was driving at a faster speed than the legal limit. I had attempted to change lanes while driving in the passing lane, but the rear wheels of my car skidded, prompting my car to hit the guardrail.”
Yamaguchi Prefectural Police are currently quizzing all 14 drivers and their passengers in relation to all the vehicles involved in the crash as part of their investigation.
There are reports that the 60-year-old man who crashed at the front of the convoy is being investigated in relation to possible charges of negligent driving resulting in injury.
It was on Sunday morning that a convoy of more than a dozen luxury cars, driven by a group of car-loving friends from southern Japan, were making their way along the expressway en route to Hiroshima.
The 60-year-old man was leading the convoy when the accident took place, resulting in what is believed to be the nation’s most expensive car crash in history.
Television footage of the aftermath of the chain collision depicted the wrecked metalwork of a string of scarlet sportscars strewn across the expressway.
Police closed the road for six hours following the accident in order to clear the debris caused by the 14-car pile up, which also involved a Toyota Prius.