A woman and her young son were killed while 26 other people were injured when the ro-ro bus they were riding fell into a canal along the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (Star) Tollway in San Jose, Batangas, Wednesday.

Chief Insp. Pedro Macaraig, San Jose Police chief, identified the fatalities as Rita Mapacpac, 27, and her son Elijah Emmanuel, 2, both residents og Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro.

Twenty-six people were brought to the Mediatrix Medical Center and San Jose District Hospital due to injuries on the different parts the body, Macaraig said in a text message.

The incident occurred around 8 a.m., while the ro-ro bus (UVT-990) was passing through Km. 87 of the highway in Brgy. Aya.

Authorities have yet to determine the identity and whereabouts of the driver, who immediately escaped after the incident, Macaraig said. (John Roson)

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