Updated on August 12, 2017, at 6:47 p.m. ET
A car plowed through pedestrians on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, amid protests Saturday, killing one and injuring 19 others.
The crowd had gathered to celebrate, an eyewitness told The Atlantic, because the white nationalists who’d gathered in the city had finally left. The mood was jubilant. Then, there were screams. Following the incident, state police urged people to avoid the area “to allow medics access to the crash scene.”
During an afternoon press conference, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said there had been three fatalities, one of which was a 32-year-old female pedestrian killed in the crash.
“As of late this afternoon, there have been at least 35 people treated for injuries by city personnel. Fourteen people have been treated for injuries resulting from individual engagements, non-pedestrians were treated for injuries in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of fourth street and water street here in downtown Charlottesville. Their injuries range from life-threatening to minor,” said Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas.
A video of the crash circulated on social media. The footage appeared to show a car plunging through a crowd of protestors, though officials have not said whether they believe it was deliberate.