A man and a woman died Sunday night after their vehicle hit a school bus and caught fire on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia.
Authorities say the driver of a 2000 Mercedes may have been speeding when he crashed into the rear of a school bus stopped at a red light near Woodward Streetjust before 9 p.m.
The Mercedes slid under the bus, and witnesses reported that the impact lifted the larger vehicle up and moved it forward.
Witnesses told police that onlookers ran to the car, attempting to help the two people inside, but the car caught fire. They also used fire extinguishers in an effort to get to the occupants, but failed to put out the fire, police said.
Police identified the victims as Ramon Rodriguez-Camacho, 32, and Lorraine Rivera, 38, both of East Tioga Street.
No children were inside the bus when the accident occurred, and the 41-year-old driver was not injured. The driver had dropped off children just moments earlier at a nearby church, NBC10 reported.
According to investigators, speed was a factor in the crash.