Two troopers dead after Virginia State Police helicopter crashes near Charlottesville

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A helicopter crashed Saturday in Albermale County, Virginia, near the city of Charlottesville, where a violent white nationalist rally was taking place.

Police said the crash happened shortly after 5 p.m.

Police have confirmed two fatalities.

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The cause of the crash remains under investigation. State Police are on scene with Albemarle County police and fire units, the release states. At least one person was killed and 19 injured when a vehicle plowed into a group of counter-protesters.

The government chopper plummeted to the ground near the Birdwood Golf Course after neighbors saw it hovering closely over houses, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported.

Two people died in the crash, Virginia State Police confirmed, adding that police are investigating the incident.

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Images from United States media show police embracing one another near the crash site.

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

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