Police say two people died after a state police helicopter crashed Saturday near Charlottesville, Virginia, where violent clashes erupted at the site of a white nationalist rally.
The Associated Press reported that the crash is linked to the rally.
The Federal Aviation Authority and Virginia State Police confirmed the 4:50 p.m. crash near the Birdwood Golf Course. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Virginia State Police said Saturday that the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near a home. No one on the ground was injured.
Earlier in the day, a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally in the Virginia college town, killing one person and hurting at least two dozen more.
This is a developing story.
Helicopter crash fully involved believed to be VSP Helicopter working the protest but agency not confirmed.— VPFF President Bragg (@Hoosff) August 12, 2017
Confirmed crash of trooper 1 2 doa governor in town press conference at 6 1500 Leo in town fd personnel ok from numerous departments— VPFF President Bragg (@Hoosff) August 12, 2017
BREAKING: Police say helicopter crashes near Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 2; unclear if any link to white nationalist rally.— The Associated Press (@AP) August 12, 2017
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