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2 dead, 14 hurt in STAR Tollway crash

Malvar, Batangas – Two minors died while 14 others were wounded in a car accident along Km 73 of the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway Monday in Malvar, Batangas.

A report from Batangas Police Provincial Office (BPPO) identified the fatalities as Janelle Anne Dalanon, 9, and Jaylord Lance Dalanon, 12 years old.

Those wounded were Joseph Fernando, Randy Ubal, Juniño Dalanon, Maricar Dalanon , John Niño Dalanon , 1 year old, Lorine Jasmin Dalanon, 7 years old, Judith Dalanon, Jessie Jane Dalanon, 2 years old , Jesselle Jane Dalanon, 11 years old, Jayson Dalanon, Julie Fernando, Joliseph Soberino , 8, Justine Kyle Dalanon, 10 years old, and Adeluisa Dalanon.

They were all rushed to the Lady Mediatrix Medical Center in Lipa City.

The victims, who came from an excursion, were on board a Mitsubishi L300 with plate UUX-703 driven by Fernando heading northbound in Barangay San Juan, Malvar.

The driver, according to investigators, was reportedly drunk.

Initial investigation said Fernando lost his control over the steering wheel which caused the vehicle to fall into a ditch Monday afternoon.

The two kids died while being treated at the said hospital. (Lyka Manalo)