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The passengers of the van, believed to be from a private transportation business, included children. Representational image. Milan Markovic/Gettyimages

On Sunday morning, a tractor-trailer and a van collided on a highway in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, killing 26, according to local police.

The two cars collided and caught fire about 30 minutes outside of Ciudad Victoria, the state capital, according to the Tamaulipas public security ministry.

When the police arrived on the scene of the collision, they discovered the trailer-hauling truck had left.

According to a source at the Tamaulipas prosecutors' office, it was unclear to investigators whether the truck's driver fled the scene or died in the collision.

Children were among the van's occupants, who were reportedly from a private transportation company, the source claimed, Reuters reported.

Governor Américo Villareal Anaya sent his condolences to the victims' families in a message posted to Twitter. He said he had instructed authorities to investigate the cause of the accident and provide "all possible help" to the victims' relatives.

According to the source, all of the deceased are believed to be Mexicans because national IDs were found at the scene.

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