Two killed in helicopter crash in Virginia

Danny Woods
August 13, 2017

Video shows Shieldcar ramming into the back of another auto, causing a pile-up and sending people over the top of the vehicle in front of it.

A chaotic scene has now erupted as the injured are treated in the street.

The mayor of Charlottesville said he was "heartbroken" at the death. The driver has been identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio.

New Zealander Chris Mahoney was walking down a nearby street in Charlotteville with a friend, and saw the auto attack.

Stay with WPXI.com and Channel 11 News at 11 p.m.as we work to find out the connection between this crash and a auto plowing into a crowd earlier today.

Two Virginia state police officers were also killed in a helicopter crash outside Charlottesville as they were monitoring the protests from above. There has been no sign that this was linked to the violence, however. "Please all-go home to your families". "You are not wanted in this great commonwealth".

"Go home. You are not patriots". I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president'.

The incident took place when "a gray vehicle accelerating into crowds on a pedestrian mall, sending bodies flying - and then reversing at high speed, hitting yet more people", The Washington Post reported.

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Thirty-five people overall were treated for injuries by city personnel, Thomas said, and 14 of those were hurt in "individual engagements" as violence flared amid the white nationalist rally and counter-protests.

The event, organized by Syracuse's chapter of Black Lives Matter, is to honor the civilian who was killed during the protest and to stand against white nationalism, racism and ethnocentrism, according to the event's Facebook page.

Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said several "white power" groups were present - including neo-Nazis and factions of the Ku Klux Klan.

The clashes began Friday night, when a large crowd of white nationalists carried torches though the University of Virginia campus in what they billed as a "pro-white" demonstration.

He told reporters that he had just spoken to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., and "we agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now".

Ironically, Trump's statements regarding the rally were blasted by many on the left for not denouncing white nationalists in strong enough terms.

"Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, it's been going on a long time". No one on the ground was injured, law-enforcement officials say.

'Because he said he's going to take our country back.

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