Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Japan’s $1 million Ferrari freeway pileup: Narcissism, or just bad weather?

A total of 14 cars, eight of which were Ferraris, crashed in a chain collision on a Japanese expressway Sunday, but police have not determined the cause.

The chain collision occurred on a Japanese expressway during a sportscar event Sunday.
The cars were out for a luxury sportscar enthusiast event, something traffic police spokesman Mitsuyoshi Isejima called a “gathering of narcissists.” None of the drivers, ages 37 to 60 years old, were seriously injured. The luxury vehicles involved in the crash — including a Lamborghini and two Mercedes — were likely worth more than $1 million together, the Associated Press reported.Police said some of the vehicles were beyond repair.

Police say the accident likely occurred after a Ferrari driver tried to change lanes and hit the median, then spun and collided with other cars. Police say the road was wet, and an eyewitness said the drivers were traveling at 87 to 100 miles per hour, according to Japan Today.

Bloomberg reports that the Ferrari driver who changed lanes, a 60-year-old man from Fukuoka prefecture, may face charges if it is determined he was speeding. 

Footage shows the mangled cars on the freeway:

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