5 Germans among 6 dead in China road accident

Beijing: Six people, including five Germans, were killed and 14 others injured on Monday when a tourist bus crashed into a container truck and caught fire near the Chinese capital, police said.

The bus, was carrying a group of German tourists.

The accident took place on a pivotal expressway linking Beijing with Shanghai, police authorities in Tianjin said.

The tour group was organised by the Beijing-based China Youth Travel Service. It was also unclear how many people were traveling in the bus.

Witnesses said they saw a few people escaped from the flames, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

A photo posted by witnesses on the web showed the whole vehicle was engulfed in flames and dark smoke.

The municipal government of Tianjin has ordered immediate treatment of the injured.