One person is dead and 19 are injured in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a car rammed into a crowd following a white nationalist rally and counterprotest that turned violent and was called off by police.

Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer tweeted Saturday afternoon that "a life has been lost," while later in the day Charlottesville City Hall tweeted, "1 deceased, 19 injured in crash at 4th and Water streets. Fifteen other injuries reported related to rally downtown."

White nationalist rally in Virginia sparks violent clashes, emergency declaration

Video taken earlier in the afternoon shows crowds walking down a street in Charlottesville as several cars move slowly along the same avenue. Abruptly, a silver or gray vehicle rams into the back of another vehicle, slamming one or more cars ahead of it amid the crowd of protesters. The driver backs up and rapidly flees the scene.

Warning: The video contains graphic images.

It's unclear at this time whether or not the driver of the vehicle acted intentionally.

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SLIDESHOW: White nationalists and counterprotesters clash in Charlottesville

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The day began with a gathering for an Unite the Right rally backed by white nationalist groups that was supposed to get underway at noon. Clashes between white nationalists and counterprotesters just before the rally was to begin led to a declaration of emergency in the city and to police ordering the crowds to disperse.

PHOTO: People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017.
People fly into the air as a vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017.

Charlottesville has become a flash point for both white nationalists and protesters seeking to counter them following a City Council vote in February to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park formerly called Lee Park.

The park was renamed Emancipation Park in June.

President Trump joined a chorus of figures from across the political spectrum today to speak out against the white nationalist rally that took place, saying, "We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!"

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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