Charlottesville Accident 1 dead, 19 injured after crash near 'Unite the Right' rally

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It was further reported that the driver of the car was taken into custody but officials did not give the name of the driver.

Protesters in Charlottesville play

Protesters in Charlottesville

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Officials have said one person was killed while 19 were hurt when a speeding car slammed into a throng of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

According to a report by CNN, officials said that the accident happened where a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups had been scheduled take place.

It was further reported that the driver of the car was taken into custody but officials did not give the name of the driver.

"I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here. I urge all people of good will -- go home," Mayor Mike Signer wrote on Twitter.

The city officials also added that there were 15 other injuries associated with the scheduled rally.

Earlier in the week, Virginia's governor had declared an emergency, and police worked to disperse hundreds of protesters in the college town after clashes broke out ahead of the rally's scheduled noon.

It was further reported that fistfights and screaming matches erupted Saturday, barely 12 hours after a scuffle Friday night at the nearby University of Virginia between torch-bearing demonstrators and counterprotesters.

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