2 dead in Virginia State Police helicopter crash near Charlottesville protests

Two people are dead after a state police helicopter crashed to the ground near Charlottesville following violent protests between white supremacists and leftist counter protesters.

Virginia State Police confirmed just before 6 p.m. Saturday that a helicopter crashed just outside Charlottesville, Va.

According to police, two people died in the crash but police did not state if the two people who died in the crash are police officers. No one on the ground was injured, police said.

The crash took place just before 5 p.m. into a wooded area near a residence.

The helicopter was reportedly flying above a white supremacist rally that quickly devolved into clashes between neo-Nazis and leftist counter protesters.

The rally was canceled after local and state emergencies allowed the police to deem the gathering an “unlawful assembly.”

However, the worst was yet to come. Just before 1:45 p.m. Saturday, a man drove his car into a crowded street full of leftist protesters.

The collision between that vehicle and two other stopped vehicles injured 19 people and killed one person. The driver of that vehicle has been arrested.

No other information about the helicopter crash was available Saturday evening.

This post originally appeared on Washington Examiner

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