2 killed in helicopter crash near Charlottesville, Virginia


Several media sources including the Daily Progress are reporting that a Virginia State Police helicopter has crashed in Charlottesville following a day of deadly rioting. State police are on scene with Albemarle County police and fire units'.

This happened Saturday, Aug. 12, near Old Farm Road just after 5 p.m.

Police have confirmed two fatalities.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the crash took place near Birdwood Golf Course about five miles away from violent protests that resulted in one dead and dozens injured.

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A 10-second video posted to Twitter and filmed on a golf course shows thick black smoke rising from behind the trees. At least one person was killed and 19 injured when a vehicle plowed into a group of counter-protesters.

Two people were reported to be on board that aircraft when it crashed.

However, it was unclear if the crash may have been linked to the rally. Both people on-board the helicopter died in the crash.