Helicopter reportedly crashes in woods in Albemarle County

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Two people are dead after a chopper crashed into a wooded area outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, the site of a deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protestors.

State police, Albemarle County police and fire crews are at the scene.

Senior law enforcement official confirms that Virginia State Police troopers were killed in the helicopter crash this afternoon.

The incident happened just after 5 p.m. EST near a golf course just east of town.

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Police said that no one on the ground was hurt or injured as a result of the crash. Images from the scene showed part of an aircraft in a tree.

The names of the two fatalities have not been released at this time.

The helicopter was seen hovering at a low altitude over the houses before the crash occurred, witnesses told the Richmond Times Dispatch.

It came after a white nationalist rally rocked Charlottesville and a vehicle drove into a crowd of anti-fascist counter protesters.

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