Thirty-one people 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 near Stammbach in north Bavaria.
Some passengers have grave injuries and there are fears that several others may have died. Several rescue helicopters joined emergency workers at the scene.
A police spokesperson told the DPA news agency: “Realistically we have to expect some fatalities.”
Police have blocked the motorway as rescue efforts continue. There were 46 passengers and two drivers on the bus.
It is not yet clear what caused the collision. Traffic was reportedly moving slowly at the time.
A police spokesman told German news channel n-tv that there were good medical facilities in Bayreuth, not far from the crash site.