Tour Bus Bursts Into Flames After Collision in Germany, Many Killed

BERLIN (Reuters) -
Ambulances and fire engines near a bus after 31 people were injured, some of them seriously, and many killed, when the bus burst into flames on a motorway near Muenchberg, Germany, Monday. (Reuters/News 5)

Many people were killed when a bus burst into flames after colliding with a truck on a motorway in the German state of Bavaria on Monday, the German government said.

“Unfortunately, numerous people – a tour group from [the eastern German state of] Saxony – lost their lives in this burning bus,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

A local newspaper, Frankenpost, said that 17 people had been killed, without identifying its source for the information.

Police said that “a number of people” had died and 31 people were injured, some of them seriously.

Police said there had been 48 people on the bus at the time of the crash.