The police said that 18 people were found dead after a tour bus burst into flames following an accident with a trailer truck in southern Germany on Monday. The police said in a statement, “Thirty passengers were taken to hospitals, some with serious injuries. The others are believed to have died in the burning tour bus”, were carrying 48 passengers in it. A police spokesperson Juergen Stadter told rolling news channel NTV that “We are realistic and will have several dead to report at the end of the day”. “Maybe someone ran away in shock,” Stadter added.
The bus was carrying 46 passengers and two drivers smashed into a trailer in a traffic jam on the motorway A9 near to the Bavarian town of Stammbach. This accident happened nearly after 7 am (0500 GMT) and the bus went up into fires. The Hoefer said that some 31 wounded people were pulled out of the bus. On the other hand, only burnt skeleton images of the remaining bus were being shown on the television. It is still not clear that what kind of tour group was traveling in the bus. The bus was traveling from the eastern region of Lausitz and heading for Nuremberg, according to the Bild newspaper. This accident took place near the town Bayreuth, where thousands of classical music lovers make a visit to enjoy opera festival. The area close to Czech boundary is also scattered with spas and castles, and the A9 is a trunk motorway leading to a lot of popular summer holiday spots.
The emergency team with firefighters and rescue workers were available at the scene and traffic on the motorway was stopped in both directions. Wounded passengers were being flown by the rescue helicopters to hospitals, many with life-threatening injuries. This accident at the start of the summer holiday could be one of the worst to hit Germany if missing ones are verified killed. Talking about the deadliest accidents in recent years was in June 2007, when 13 people were killed as their tour bus drove off the road and pushed several meters down a slope in eastern Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt state. Even in September 1992, 22 people died when a bus turned sharply out of its lane and smacked a truck before ramming into the road divider in the southern Black Forest region, which is a key tourist destination.
The last such deadly accident across the Europe was on January 21 in Italy, when a misfortune involving a Hungarian bus carrying teenagers left 16 dead. A head-on crash occurred in October 2015 in France between a bus and a truck carrying pensioners claimed 43 lives as vehicles burst into fires.