Two people are dead after a crash rear-ended an empty school bus in Mt. Pleasant and now a gofundme account has been set-up on their family's behalf.

It happened just after 7:45 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 on Weidman Road just west of Whiteville Road.

Investigators said a Mt. Pleasant School bus was stopped and preparing to pick up its first student when it was rear-ended by a car. The vehicle went up under the bus, causing serious injuries to both the driver and the front seat passenger, police said.

The driver has been identified as 19-year-old Joshua Schafer. The front seat passenger was his mother 56-year-old Kimberly Schafer.

They both died at the scene.

The bus driver and the student about to be picked up were not hurt.

Investigators believe sun light may have been a factor in the crash. The bus and the car were both facing eastbound on Weidman Road into the sun.

First responders and deputies are still investigating the crash.

"I was taking her to the school bus and hear a loud crash and seen a side view mirror come flying out and heard glass," said Kayleigh Defrance.

Defrance was dropping off her 6-year-old daughter Aubrey at the bus stop when the accident happened.

Defrance said she is relieved her daughter is OK, but worries about what could have happened.

"It's scary cause I could of sent her on the bus and they could have went down the road and that would have happened. You know, right down the road and she would've been on the bus. It's definitely scary," Defrance said.

So far the gofundme account has raised more than half of the $20,000 goal. You can find it here.

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