At least 31 injured as coach bursts into flames after Bavaria crash

Fire fighters and rescuers stand beside a burnt-out coach on the motorway A9 near Muenchberg southeastern Germany Monday

- Reuters picBERLIN, July 3 -Seventeen people were unaccounted for after a tour bus burst into flames following a collision today with a trailer truck in southern Germany, police said.

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

Police have said that 48 people were aboard the vehicle - believed to be a tour bus - adding: "The fate of the other passengers is now the subject of police action on the ground".

"We are realistic and will have several dead to report at the end of the day", police spokesman Jürgen Stadter told reporters.

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"The bus is completely gutted", another police spokesperson said.

Two drivers and 46 people and were on the bus, police spokeswoman Irene Brandenstein said.

German news channel NTV showed footage of a burnt-out bus wreck on the A9 highway, which remained closed in both directions. She had no information immediately about what happened to the truck driver.

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