Six people were killed, including four teenagers, in a multi-car crash on a motorway in southern Germany shortly after midnight on Sunday, local police said.
The crash occurred in foggy conditions near the town of Bad Groenenbach on the A7 autobahn at around 1am (0000 GMT), according to a Bavarian police spokesman.
Ten others were injured.
The spokesman described the first pile-up as a "close shave." It involved three articulated lorries and nine cars.
Then a car carrying five people crashed into site, followed by the vehicle of a 23-year-old, who had been driving alone. Those six people were killed in the accident.
The car carrying five people was driven by a 22-year-old. His four female passengers, aged 15-19, were also killed.
The motorway was closed in both directions to allow the fire brigade and rescue services access to the scene. The south-bound lanes remained blocked as late as Sunday afternoon.
Germany's Autobahn 7 is the country's longest motorway, running almost 1,000 kilometres from the northern coast to the southern border with Austria
Germany's ADAC motoring organization reported Thursday that the number of traffic-related deaths on German roads in 2016 dropped by 5.2 per cent in comparison to the previous year. Around 3,280 people lost their lives, the organization said.