Fleet of Ferraris ruined in pile-up

A group of sports cars being driven on a day out ended up in a crumpled heap on a highway in Japan, in what is believed to be the country's most expensive road accident.

Luxury vehicles involved in the accident included eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes.

According to Yamaguchi prefecture police, speeding is believed to be the likely cause of the massive 14-car smash.

The authorities said the driver of one of the Ferraris hit a barrier while trying to change lanes. This, in turn, caused the other cars to collide.

Television footage by NTV, a major national network, showed mangled Ferraris - many of them racing red.

The police added that nobody suffered serious injuries, though 10 people were treated for bruises and cuts.

Drivers possessing such expensive cars can avoid paying highcar insurance premiums by obeying road rules and preventing accidents.

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