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Fatalities feared as bus goes up in flames after crash in Germany

Fatalities feared as bus goes up in flames after crash in Germany

It is believed the tour bus carrying pensioners.

Seventeen people remain unaccounted for and feared dead after a bus carrying senior citizens crashed and burned Monday on a highway near Bayreuth, Germany. They did not provide details, but had previously said 17 people were missing.

"Two people are still in life-threatening condition", Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told reporters after touring the crash site.

According to the police, 46 passengers and two drivers were inside the vehicle.

The accident led to long traffic jams on the A9, which is the main thoroughfare from Berlin to Munich.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was distressed by the accident and expressed sympathy for the injured and bereaved relatives.

The impact soon after 7am sent the bus up in flames.

Eighteen people have reportedly died after a coach collided with a lorry and caught fire in Germany.

Forensic specialists have been called in to help recover and identify the bodies.

"It's now established that that all 18 of the missing people on the bus died in this accident", police tweeted.

The accident happened near the small Bavarian town of Stammbach, in a region dotted with spas and castles that are popular with summer vacationers.

By the time firefighters arrived and extinguished the flames, the bus was a black, smoking skeleton.

The incident took place on the A9 motorway which remains closed in both directions as police, paramedics and fire services attend the scene.

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