Sky News:-Up to 18 people are believed to have been killed after a coach collided with a lorry in southern Germany causing it to catch fire.
The accident happened on the A9 motorway near the town of Bayreuth in Bavaria at around 7am local time.
Around 46 passengers, plus two drivers, were on board the tour bus at the time of the smash in which 30 people were hurt, some suffered serious injuries.
Images of the scene showed both vehicles completely gutted by the blaze.
Forensic specialists were at the scene to help identify the bodies of the victims.
“Unfortunately, numerous people… lost their lives in this burning bus,” said Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The coach was travelling from the eastern region of Lausitz in Saxony towards Nuremberg when it crashed into the lorry at the end of a traffic jam, according Bild.
The lorry load included beds and pillows and also immediately went up in flames, the German newspaper said.
The tour bus was from Dresden and heading for Lake Garda in Italy, Frankenpost reported.
A tour group of German senior citizens was on board the bus, police said.
Emergency services including firefighters, rescue helicopters and paramedics attended the scene.
Earlier, police said they feared up to 17 people had been killed in the fire.
Police spokesman Juergen Stadter added there was only “a glimmer of hope” of finding more survivors.
“Maybe someone ran away in shock,” he said.