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.© Japan Today