An armoured personnel carrier crashed during a training exercise for the West Point Military Academy Thursday, killing one person.
At least 20 cadets and two soldiers were involved with the crash, according to the U.S. Military Academy and the Orange and Rockland County Fire. The vehicle was a 5-ton Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV).
“Today was a tragic day for the West Point Community in our United States Army,” said Supt. Lt. Gen Darryl Williams in a briefing to reporters Thursday afternoon.
The crash occurred near the Camp Natural Bridge training site in Orange County, New York, when the canvas-roof truck overturned. The 20 senior cadets were being driven by two U.S. Army soldiers, who were also injured in the crash, according to Williams.
Several cadets are injured, and one has died. Williams said the deceased’s name will not be released until after next of kin have been notified.
Helicopters airlifted at least one cadet to Keller Army Community Hospital, and other injured personnel were transported by land. (RELATED: Trump Turns To West Point Cadets, Pitches New Branch Of The Armed Forces — The Reaction Says It All)
At least 1 cadet killed, more than 20 injured after military vehicle overturns near West Point training site, spokesperson says. https://t.co/QGT23UnHgY
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Williams confirmed that none of the injuries were life-threatening and ranged from facial abrasions to a broken arm.
Details about the crash are not yet available, but five cadets may have been pinned under the vehicle after it rolled over, CBS News reported.
“There has been an accident in the vicinity of the Camp Natural Bridge training site. Emergency vehicles are responding. Please avoid Route 293. More information will follow,” the U.S. Military Academy tweeted early Thursday morning.
Camp Natural Bridge is a training site for cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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