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Gone in less than 60 seconds: 11 luxury sports cars wrecked in expensive pileup

The Associated Press reports from TOKYO:

 An outing of luxury sportscar enthusiasts in Japan ended in an expensive freeway pileup — smashing a stunning eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes likely worth more than $1 million together.

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Police officers investigate wrecked luxury cars at the site of a traffic accident in Shimonoseki on Dec. 4, 2011.

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Damaged Ferrari sports cars along a stretch of the Chugoku highway following a 14-vehicle pile-up on Dec. 4, 2011.

Police say they believe the accident Sunday was touched off when the driver of one of the Ferraris tried to change lanes and hit the median barrier. He spun across the freeway, and the other cars collided while trying to avoid hitting his car.

Video of the crash aired by NTV, a major national network, showed several smashed, bright red Ferraris cluttering the freeway.

No one was seriously injured, but police in Yamaguchi prefecture said 10 people were treated for bruises and cuts. Police say 14 cars were involved altogether. Read the full story.

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Police officers investigate damaged Ferrari cars at the site of a traffic accident on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, Japan, Dec. 4. Thirteen sports cars, including eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes-Benz, were involved in the accident, slightly injuring 10 people.

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Police officers investigate damaged luxury cars at the site of a traffic accident on the Chugoku Expressway in Shimonoseki, Japan, Dec. 4.

Traffic police spokesman Mitsuyoshi Isejima called the event "a gathering of narcissists," according to Bloomberg.  He said the drivers were aged between 37 and 60 years old.

A highway in Japan is littered with smashed luxury cars and their parts after eight Ferraris, two Mercedes and a Lamborghini collide en route to a car show. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

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