At least 1 person dead, multiple injuries reported after car plows through counter-protesters at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville

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Rescue workers assist people who were injured when a car drove through a group of counter protestors at the Thomson Reuters

Several injuries and at least one death have been reported after a car drove through a crowd of counter-protesters in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon, according to video footage recorded at the scene and media reports.

The incident occurred after clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters subsided a bit. At least ten injuries have been reported so far, and Charlottesville mayor Mike Signer said that one person has died. A Virginia State Police spokesperson told The Washington Post that injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening.&

The incident appears to have been intentional, and the driver of the car was reportedly arrested shortly after.&

The protests accompanied a "Unite the Right"& rally that was called by white nationalists& in response to a plan to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

One of the counter-protesters who was hit& described the scene& to a reporter shortly after. "There were just a few cars that counter-protesters were blocking," the man said.&

He then said that& the driver of the car was "honking their horn" and then "they were just, like, bulldozing through people."&

Another witness had two friends who were hit by the car and had to take them to the hospital. The witness& described the incident as "absolutely intentional."&

"A packed street and a car comes speeding down, at least 40 mph and rams into everyone, backs up and does it again," they said in& a text message& to Outline staff writer& William Turton.

"I am furious & heartsick by the car crash that has injured many," Signer& tweeted. "Please all-go home to your families. We can work tomorrow. GO HOME! PLEASE!"

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency earlier on Saturday, as clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters continued to escalate.&

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