Two die in state police helicopter crash near Charlottesville

Pauline Gross
August 13, 2017

Virginia State Police say a helicopter has crashed near Charlottesville, Virginia, where violent clashes erupted at the site of a white nationalist rally. Two people have been confirmed dead.

No one on the ground was injured, police said.

Emergency dispatch audio tweeted by ABC7 News reporter Kevin Lewis appeared to suggest that police from nearby Albemarle County were at the scene.

Officials responded around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday evening to a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road.

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A live stream of the scene posted to Facebook by the Daily Progress shows a massive gathering of police officers around the site. There are two confirmed fatalities.

It came after a white nationalist rally rocked Charlottesville and a vehicle drove into a crowd of anti-fascist counter protesters.

The helicopter was seen hovering at a low altitude over the houses before the crash occurred, witnesses told the Richmond Times Dispatch.

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