18 dead after coach collides with lorry and bursts into flames in Germany

18 dead after coach collides with lorry and bursts into flames in Germany

Forensic specialists have been working at the scene

Monday, July 3, 2017

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

The incident took place at around 7am local time (6am GMT) this morning (July 3) on the A9 motorway near Bayreuth in Bavaria, according to Sky News.

Bild newspaper reported that the coach had been coming from Lausitz in the east and was travelling towards Nuremberg.

Roughly 46 passengers were on board the coach at the time of the incident, as well as two drivers. At least 30 people are said to be injured, including a number with serious injuries.

Police spokeswoman Irene Brandenstein said that those travelling on the coach were from a senior citizens tour group. They are all believed to the German nationals.

Photos and videos of the crash show both the lorry and the coach burnt out. The cause of the crash is not yet clear but it is being investigated.

Forensic teams have visited the scene in order to try and identify bodies of the victims.

After the incident the road was closed in both directions for a few hours, and police have now said the southbound carriageway will stay closed for the remainder of the day.