August 12, 2017 / 6:30 PM / 7 days ago

Vehicle plows into crowd in Virginia city, several hurt: witnesses

Members of white nationalists are met by a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., August 12, 2017.Joshua Roberts

CHARLOTTESVILLE, vA. (Reuters) - At least one vehicle hit a crowd of people gathered in a Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, hours after police broke up a clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters, according to witnesses, but it was not clear whether the incident was connected to the earlier melee.

The accident involved three vehicles, and there were multiple injuries, Charlottesville city spokeswoman Miriam Dickler said in a text message.

At least four injured people were spotted at the location where the vehicle struck demonstrators, including one person who was taken away on a stretcher by paramedics. Multiple ambulances were on the scene soon after the early-afternoon incident.

Charlottesville police said in a statement on Facebook that they and Virginia State Police were at the scene of the incident in the city's downtown.

Reporting by Brandon Shulleeta; Writing by Frank McGurty; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

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