- State Police helicopter has crashed near a golf course in Charlottesville, Virginia
- Virginia State Police said there are two confirmed fatalities
- Comes after a white nationalist rally in the city, which erupted in violence
- One person died when a car drove into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters
A Virginia State Police helicopter has crashed in Charlottesville, killing two people on board.
Emergency crews are at the scene of the downed aircraft in Old Farm Road, near the Birdwood Golf Course, according to WSET.
A statement released by Virginia State Police reads: ‘Shortly before 5pm today (August 12), a helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road. There are two confirmed fatalities.
‘No one on the ground was injured. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time. State police are on scene with Albemarle County police and fire units.’
A 10-second video posted to Twitter and filmed on a golf course shows thick black smoke rising from behind the trees
A 10-second video posted to Twitter and filmed on a golf course shows thick black smoke rising from behind the trees.
Emma Eisner, who filmed the clip, said: ‘To everyone asking about the helicopter crash: it basically started stalling, spiraled down to the ground & lost control.’
It came after a white nationalist rally rocked Charlottesville and a car drove into a crowd of anti-fascist counter protesters.
This is the moment a car drove into a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday
The car accelerated towards and plowed into a crowd of people protesting at the rally Saturday, killing one.
Screams rang out as the Dodge Challenger careened into anti-fascist demonstrators, throwing bodies into the air, before reversing at high speed.
There is speculation the helicopter was monitoring the situation in the city at the time of the crash.