- One cadet was killed, and 20 others and two soldiers were injured in a vehicle accident near a West Point Military Academy training site on Thursday, the school confirmed.
- The cadets were driving to the training site in a “light medium tactical vehicle” that overturned, military officials said at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
- The injuries ranged from face abrasions to a broken arm. The name of the cadet who died has not been released yet.
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One cadet was killed and 20 cadets and two soldiers were injured in a vehicle accident at a West Point Military Academy training site on Thursday, the school confirmed.
Emergency crews responded to the accident Thursday morning to the Camp Natural Bridge training site, the academy said in a tweet. The accident occurred when a “light medium tactical vehicle” overturned en route to the training site. The vehicle was a truck with a 2.5-ton payload that often carries cargo or troops.
Military officials told reporters at a press conference that the injuries ranged from face abrasions to a broken arm. They did not give details on the cadet who died.
They added that “it is not common for these vehicles to turn over,” but that the cadets’ route had been through hilly, mountainous terrain.
One cadet is reported deceased, 20 cadets and two soldiers are wounded that were involved in a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 6:45 a.m. off Route 293.
— U.S. Military Academy at West Point (@WestPoint_USMA) June 6, 2019
The officials said all of the injured people were taken to hospital, and the accident is being investigated to determine what caused the vehicle to flip over.
“West Point officials thank local and state emergency responders for their assistance on the scene,” the academy said in a statement.
Camp Natural Bridge is located in Highland Mills, New York, roughly 50 miles north of Manhattan.
There have been a number of deadly military vehicle accidents recently, many of which involved vehicles rolling over. Last month, one Marine was killed and six others injured when their light armoured vehicle rolled over during training event at Camp Pendleton in California.
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