2 victims identified after helicopter crashes near Charlottesville, Va.

Cullen (left) and Bates in images from WRIC-TV.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WNCN) — Two Virginia State Police officers were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday afternoon in Albemarle County.

Cullen (left) and Bates in images from WRIC-TV.

The crash occurred on Old Farm Road, which is about seven miles from Charlottesville, where earlier Saturday one person died and several were injured when a car plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally.

The Virginia State Police said that two people died in the crash.  Officials said that white nationalist clashes in Virginia are linked to deaths of the people aboard crashed helicopter.

Images from the scene showed part of an aircraft in a tree.

Police said the helicopter was assisting law enforcement officers monitor the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Police said Lt. H. Jay Cullen of Midlothian and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates of Quinton were killed in the crash.

Police said the crash happened shortly after 5 p.m. The crash happened in woods near a home on Old Farm Road. No one on the ground was hurt.

— The Associated Press, WRIC and WAVY contributed to this report

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