3 dead in Charlottesville after car plows into counter protest and helicopter crashes

Three people have died and 35 were injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a series of protests organized by white supremacists and counter demonstrations turned violent.

One person died and 19 others were injured early Saturday afternoon after a three-vehicle crash in a downtown area where counter-protesters had gathered.

Another two died later in the afternoon after a Virginia State Police helicopter crashed several miles away near a golf course. The Associated Press, citing state officials, reported that the helicopter had been involved in monitoring the protests earlier. The Charlottesville Daily Progress identified the troopers killed as H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Berke M.M. Bates of Quinton.

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