The Virginia State Police have reported that two state troopers were killed in a helicopter crash late Saturday afternoon near Charlottesville.
The Virginia State Police helicopter reportedly crashed around 5 p.m. in a wooded area of Albemarle County. Witnesses say the helicopter hovered low before ultimately crashing in the woods.
No one on the ground was injured, the state police confirmed, in a Facebook post. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
This is a developing story.
Saturday has been a sad day of fateful events in Virginia, first with violent protests and rioting, over the city council’s efforts to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. Then a vehicle attack occured against a group of counter-protesters, as a car zoomed down a street full of people and mowed them down, killing one person and injuring 19 others.
The deaths of the two state troopers due to the helicopter crash brings the death total to three on Saturday.
— Simon Rader (@Simon_Rader) August 12, 2017
JUST IN: 2 troopers killed in helicopter crash southwest of Charlottesville, Virginia State Police confirm
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 12, 2017
MORE: Virginia State Police say “two confirmed fatalities” after helicopter crash in Albemarle County, Virginia; crash under investigation. pic.twitter.com/jumeHFum0H
— ABC News (@ABC) August 12, 2017
BREAKING: neighbors near Old Farm Road in Albemarle Co. confirm a helicopter crashed into woods. Updates to come. pic.twitter.com/QtgBjYrjVQ
— NBC29 (@NBC29) August 12, 2017
— The Daily Progress (@DailyProgress) August 12, 2017
The City of Charlottesville issued an update on Twitter Saturday evening, confirming, “UPDATE: 3 fatalities in C-Ville today – 1 in crash being investigated as vehicular homicide & 2 in helicopter crash in Albemarle Co.”
UPDATE: 3 fatalities in C-Ville today – 1 in crash being investigated as vehicular homicide & 2 in helicopter crash in Albemarle Co. pic.twitter.com/Qt8buKsc8M
— Charlottesville City (@CvilleCityHall) August 12, 2017
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