One killed, 19 injured in Virginia ramming accident

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Almost 20 people were injured and one person has died after a car plowed into a group marching peacefully, following violent clashes at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., The Associated Press reported.

In video posted to Twitter, a silver car with darkened windows can be seen speeding through the crowd and ramming another vehicle, sending people through the air. The car then goes into reverse while marchers chase it.

Police said the crash happened near the intersection of Fourth and Water streets.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer tweeted that one person has died.

 

The crash involved three cars and, in addition to the fatality, at least 19 people were injured.

 

In a statement sandwiched between announcing and signing legislation to expand a veterans health care program, the president said he condemned "in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides."
"We have to respect each other, ideally we have to love each other," he said.

State of emergency declared

Virginia's governor had earlier declared a state of emergency involving violent clashes involving hundreds of protesters in Charlottesville.

The move came during a white nationalist rally planned in the small college town to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. On Saturday morning, protesters and counterprotesters faced off, kicking, punching, hurling water bottles at and deploying chemical sprays against one another.


Approximately 500 protesters were on-site, with more than double the amount of counterprotesters, according to reporter Sandy Hausman of member station WVTF and Radio IQ. She said some injuries had been reported.

Last Modified: 08 13 2017 05:46 PM

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