Two die in state police helicopter crash near Charlottesville

Two die in state police helicopter crash near Charlottesville

The crash happened in woods near a home on Old Farm Road.

According to local Bnonews.com, authorities have not yet provided more detailed information about the helicopter crash near downtown Charlottesville, the scene of violent protests earlier in the day.

"Shortly before 5 p.m. (Saturday), a helicopter crashed into a wooded area near a residence on Old Farm Road".

Helicopters were reported flying overhead in Charlottesville as Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency after what is believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in a decade. Two people have been confirmed dead.

Virginia State Police confirmed the deaths in a statement.


Images from United States media show police embracing one another near the crash site. The cause of the crash is under investigation, police say.

'No one on the ground was injured.

ABC15 reporter Kaley Lawrimore writes that fatalities are feared.

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

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