2 dead after car hits utility pole, catches fire at Lorain intersection

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LORAIN, Ohio -- Two people are dead after a crash at the intersection of East 36th Street and Fulton Road in Lorain.

The crash happened late Monday night, just before midnight.

According to police, a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling west at a high rate of speed on East 36th Street approaching the intersection with Fulton Road. The Jetta went off the right side of the road after crossing the intersection.

The vehicle hit a utility pole and then caught on fire.

The fire department put out the fire after arrival.

The driver and passenger of the car -- a male and a female -- haven't yet been identified.

The intersection was closed for roughly seven hour while the accident was investigated.

It's unknown if alcohol and/or drugs were factors in the crash. Excessive speed appears to be a factor.

The accident is still under investigation.