WASHINGTON – One Army cadet from West Point military academy was killed in a crash during military training Thursday morning, a crash that injured at least 20 other cadets and two soldiers.
The crash occurred around 6:45 a.m. on state Route 293, off the main West Point campus in New York. The deceased and injured were in a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, West Point officials said. That is a five-ton cargo truck, often armored up.
“The injured have been transported to local hospitals. Details of the incident are under investigation,” West Point officials said in a statement “West Point officials thank local and state emergency responders for their assistance on the scene.”
Some of the injured were in critical condition, according to reports. A West Point spokesperson told TMN that they are “waiting for confirmation regarding other details.”
The accident occurred near the Camp Natural Bridge training site, a cadet summer training site about 60 miles north of New York City. The active-duty soldiers are based at Fort Benning in Georgia.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement that said: “My heart breaks for all those involved in the tragic training accident at West Point this morning. These courageous cadets and soldiers represent the best of New York State and our country, and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their bravery in choosing to serve our country and protect our freedoms.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, we pray for a speedy recovery for those involved and we share in the sorrow experienced by their loved ones during this extremely difficult time,” Cuomo said.
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