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Car plows through dozens of counter protesters in Charlottesville

A car in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, plowed through a crowd of counter protesters marching against the “Unite the Right” alt-right and white supremacist rally that was shut down by state police earlier in the day. Virginia state police report that injuries range from minor to life-threatening, though no estimates for the number of people injured have been officially declared. Eyewitnesses have reported that more than a dozen people were hit in the collisions, and Mayor Mike Signer has indicated that a life was lost in the incident.

According to video footage streamed on Periscope and Facebook by user Rebelutionary_Z, counter protesters marched down a street shortly before 2pm local time, walking around cars that were waiting to drive past. At the end of the line of cars, one black sedan with heavily tinted windows rammed through the crowd of protesters and into the other cars, causing a mass collision, bulldozing over dozens, and sending several protesters into the air.

The car left the scene, but police were able to find the vehicle. According to the Hill’s Taylor Lorenz, who posted a full video of the incident, the driver has been arrested, and local authorities are asking citizens to share any footage of the car.

Eyewitness involved in the collision say the car intentionally drove into the crowd. Video footage of the collision from the head of the counter protest shows that the car drove toward the crowd at a high speed, then backed out and proceeded to flee the scene. However, police have not confirmed that it was intentional and are still investigating.

Prior to the collision, one other car reportedly hit people while attempting to drive past counter protesters, though witnesses from this collision say they were not injured.

This is a developing story.

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