Bus crash scene on A9 near Hof (3 July)

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The burnt-out shell of the bus may very well be seen as emergency groups reached the scene

Thirty-one folks have been injured and 17 are unaccounted for after flames engulfed a tour bus that crashed on the A9 motorway in southern Germany.

The bus was in a collision with a lorry close to Stammbach in north Bavaria.

Some passengers have grave accidents and there are fears that a number of others might have died. A number of rescue helicopters joined emergency staff on the scene.

A police spokesperson informed the DPA information company: “Realistically now we have to count on some fatalities.”

Police have blocked the motorway as rescue efforts proceed. It’s not but clear what triggered the collision.

A police spokesman informed German information channel n-tv that there have been good medical amenities in Bayreuth, not removed from the crash web site.