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One Dead As Car Plows Into Crowd During Violent Rally In U.S.

13/08/2017 6:14 AM AEST | Updated 13/08/2017 6:22 AM AEST

One person has died and 19 others have been injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people during a white supremacist rally Charlottesville, Virginia, where attendees clashed with anti-fascists and a state of emergency was declared.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer announced the death on Twitter. Hospital officials confirmed to The Associated Press the number of casualties.

Witnesses say a gray vehicle sped through the city's Downtown Mall, striking multiple pedestrians just before 2 p.m. Spokeswoman for the Charlottesville Police Department, Miriam Dickler, confirmed to HuffPost that multiple people were injured. An emergency alert that went out said many of those injured had suffered broken legs, local newspaper The Daily Progress reported.

The suspected driver of the vehicle is now in custody, police told BuzzFeed.

Video of the incident captured by a bystander shows the car first plow through the crowd, then back up at a high rate of speed.

Daily Progress reporter Dean Seal, who was on the scene, said the car was pulled over by police.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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