Two killed after VSP helicopter crash in Charlottesville

2 dead as helicopter crashes about 7 miles from Charlottesville, Va.

2 dead as helicopter crashes about 7 miles from Charlottesville, Va.

This happened Saturday, Aug. 12, near Old Farm Road just after 5 p.m.

A state police helicopter patrolling the race riots in Charlottesville has crashed on Old Farm Road, near the Birdwood Golf Course at the University of Virginia in Albemarle County.

Virginia Professional Fire Fighters president, Robert Bragg III, said on Twitter that the helicopter involved in the crash was a state police helicopter. There are two confirmed fatalities.

Witnesses CBS19 News that the helicopter went down in the woods, and that a strong smell of burning was in the air. The cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.

Police said that no one on the ground was hurt or injured as a result of the crash.

Two people were reported to be on board that aircraft when it crashed.

One person died earlier Saturday after a crowd plowed into a group of counter demonstrators in downtown Charlottesville.

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