In Charlotte, North Carolina, two people aboard a television news helicopter were killed in a helicopter crash on Tuesday.
As a result of the crash, officials closed southbound lanes on Interstate 77 just after noon.
Police said there were no vehicles involved in the incident.
Two people were on board a Robinson R44 helicopter that crashed near the freeway and Nations Ford Road, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.
According to WBTV, Chip Tayag, the pilot of a Sky 3 helicopter and meteorologist Jason Myers, who were both on board, died in the crash.
“A terrible loss has been suffered by the WBTV family,” the station said.
Chief Johnny Jennings called the deaths a “devastating loss,” and praised the pilot for avoiding the freeway crash.
“I consider the pilot a hero,” he tweeted. “Witnesses indicated the pilot made diversionary moves away from the highway to save lives. As a result, no further injuries or vehicles on the highway were involved.”