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Lamborghini, Ferrari crash in Beijing tunnel

New York Daily News New York Daily News 25/12/2015 JOEL LANDAU
A Lamborghini and Ferrari crashed in a tunnel in China. © AFP A Lamborghini and Ferrari crashed in a tunnel in China.

Life imitated art on Sunday in China, where two motorists wrecked their super-expensive sports cars in a tunnel just hours before the China premiere of the long-anticipated action thriller "Furious 7."

People quickly began to speculate the crash of a Lamborghini and a Ferrari was inspired by the reckless stunt driving performed in the "Fast and Furious" movie franchise. The accident occurred in rainy conditions before the movie opened at midnight and broke the country's record for most screenings at that time of night,reports Agence France-Presse.

"Were they in a hurry to watch Fast and Furious 7?" one commenter asked on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo.

One person was injured in the crash that left the lime-green Lamborghini, which can sell for up to $800,000 in the country, and the Ferrari, which can command half a million dollars, severely damaged.

Authorities said a 20-year-man named Yu and another motorist, Tang, 21, were driving the vehicles. Authorities also said both men driving the luxury sports cars were unemployed.

"Socialism is so good that it allows unemployed people to drive supercars," another poster cracked on social media, according to the agency.

The accident occurred near the city's Bird's Nest soccer stadium and residents have complained about drag racing in the tunnel before, according to Agence France-Presse.

The movie's own star, Paul Walker, died while driving his red Porsche GT in November 2013 in southern California, during a break from filming. The tragedy pushed the release of "Furious 7" back by some nine months.

Since its opening two weeks back, it has grossed more than $800 million, according to Universal, and it earned an estimated $68.6 million on its first day in China.

Another accident involving a Lamborghini left a man dead at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.

Gary Terry, 36, a driving instructor with the Exotic Driving Experience,which allows drivers to race these fast sports cars on a track, died Sunday when he was giving a lesson to Tavon Watson, who was celebrating his 24th birthday.

Police are still investigating the accident that occurred when Watson drove the unidentified vehicle into a guardrail. The driver sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Both men were wearing seat belts and helmets, police said.

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