Tuesday 21 November 2017

18 killed after bus carrying senior citizen's tour group crashes and bursts into flames in Germany

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Ambulance cars and fire engines are seen near the site where a coach burst into flames after colliding with a lorry on a motorway near Muenchberg, Germany, July 3, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/News 5.
Ambulance cars and fire engines are seen near the site where a coach burst into flames after colliding with a lorry on a motorway near Muenchberg, Germany, July 3, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/News 5.
Fire fighters and rescuers stand beside a burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)
Fire fighters stand beside a burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)
Rescue workers stand beside a burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. (News5 / Fricke/NEWS5/dpa via AP)
Rescue workers stand beside burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. . (News5 / Fricke/NEWS5/dpa via AP)

Michelle Martin and Alexander Ratz

German police believe 18 people have died after a bus carrying a pensioners' tour group crashed into a truck and burst into flames.

Officers said 30 others were injured, some seriously, and were taken to hospital for treatment after the crash in Bavaria.

The other people on board "are believed to have died on the burning bus".

Police spokeswoman Irene Brandenstein said the bus was carrying a German senior citizens' tour group.

Fire fighters stand beside a burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)
Fire fighters stand beside a burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)
Fire fighters and rescuers stand beside a burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)
Fire fighters and rescuers stand beside a burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)
Rescue workers stand beside burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. . (News5 / Fricke/NEWS5/dpa via AP)
Rescue workers stand beside burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg, southeastern Germany, Monday, July 3, 2017 after a bus crashed into a truck and caught fire. . (News5 / Fricke/NEWS5/dpa via AP)

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