1 Dead, Multiple Injuries Reported After Car Plows Into Crowd During Protests in Charlottesville

A car has struck a group of counter-protesters that were dispersing from the clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The mayor of the city, Mike Signer, wrote on Twitter that “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here.”

It was not immediately clear if the fatality was due to the car crash or to clashes earlier in the day. Multiple injuries were reported Saturday afternoon due to the crash, according to the Charlottesville police.

Police did not say how many were injured, or whether the driver of the car was arrested. It took place in an area where a group of protesters were walking and chanting to counter the white nationalist demonstrations on Saturday.

“Charlottesville Police and Virginia State Police are on the scene of a three vehicle accident at Water and 4th Streets in Downtown Charlottesville,” the Charlottesville Police Department confirmed.

Virginia State Police said that the crash involved three cars. According to reporters at the scene and a video posted of a livestream, the gray-colored vehicle struck pedestrians in the crowd and then hit two other cars, which in turn hit others. The vehicle then sped away. The crash took place near Timberlake’s, a historic drug store in the central business district.

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SOURCE: Variety, Ted Johnson