The burning car was found some 300 yards from the roadside near the small town of Stangendorf and called in to emergency services on Monday afternoon, Hanke said. Volunteer fire department workers were the first to arrive on the scene.
“We don't know much of anything yet,” Hanke said. “Right now it could go in any direction. It may be that it was just a terrible accident.”
Saxony police are conducting a sweeping investigation of the incident, but as of lunchtime Monday, their only new piece of information was a confirmation that the licence plate on the Opel came from Altenburg, in the German state of Thuringia.
Autopsy results are expected on Wednesday.