BERLIN (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the local police said that a tourist bus burst into flames after a traffic accident in Bavaria. Reportedly, 31 people were injured, with some of them heavily wounded. The accident took place on Monday morning on the A9 autobahn. For reasons that remain unknown, the bus collided with a truck and caught fire. According to the police, 46 passengers and two drivers were inside the vehicle. The highway remains closed in both directions, the police and rescuers are working on the scene.
"According to my sources, they are German citizens," the police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that 18 passengers of the bus might have died in the accident.
The death of 18 people in Monday's tourist bus crash in southern Germany has been confirmed, Upper Franconia police said.
"Now it is clear that all 18 missing bus passengers have died in the accident," police posted on their official Twitter account.
Thirty other passengers have been injured in the incident.
"At the moment, we are looking into whereabouts of 17 missing passengers. The question is where they are, probably, all of them died in the burning bus," the spokesperson stated.