Bus-truck collision kills 18 in Germany

BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her sadness about the bus accident which is believed to have killed 18 people and injured 30.

Police spokeswoman Irene Brandenstein says the bus was carrying a German senior citizens' tour group.

Merkel said Monday that, "our thoughts are with the families of the victims and we wish all those who were injured a speedy recovery."

The chancellor also thanked the rescue teams and said she had sent the government's transport minister, Alexander Dobrindt, to the crash site.

The accident took place around 7 a.m. when the bus rear-ended a trailer-truck at the end of a traffic jam on the A9 highway near Muenchberg in Bavaria, not far from the Czech border.