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West Point Releases Name Of Cadet Killed In Training Accident

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Cadet Christopher J. Morgan died Thursday during a training exercise at the West Point U.S. Military Academy.

The 20-year-old senior from West Orange, New Jersey, was set to graduate in 2020. He died after a 5-ton truck overturned and rolled down a steep embankment near the school‘s training site in Orange County, New York, The New York Post reported. (RELATED: 20 West Point Cadets involved In Serious Crash, 1 Dead)

Twenty-one soldiers were also injured in the accident. Their injuries are not life-threatening, West Point superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams said in a briefing to reporters Thursday afternoon.

Christopher J. Morgan, who was attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, died June 6, 2019 during a training exercise. Photo by U.S. Military Academy.

Christopher J. Morgan, who was attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, died June 6, 2019 during a training exercise. Photo by U.S. Military Academy.

“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” said Williams.

Morgan was a 2015 graduate of West Orange High School in New Jersey, where he played football and wrestled, the West Orange Patch reported. He is survived by his parents Chris and April Morgan.

“We are devastated by the news of Chris’ passing. He was a talented, hardworking, and determined athlete who loved his sport,” said Kevin Ward, his wrestling coach.

“Chris had an infectious personality with a smile big enough to fill any room, and a heart big enough to love everyone around him. He made everyone around him better and he will be greatly missed.”

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