West Point Crash

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1 Dead, 21 Injured In West Point Vehicle Crash

June 06, 2019 - 9:21 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A vehicle transporting a group of West Point cadets overturned on a dirt road Thursday morning, killing one and injuring 21 others.

The incident happened on Route 293 and Natural Bridge Road around 6:45 a.m., according to Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt.

The truck was described as a light-medium tactical vehicle. Two people were in the front cab and the rest were traveling in the back.

In total, 19 cadets and two soldiers were injured when the vehicle flipped over in a wooded area.

The injuries are not considered life-threatening and include a broken arm and facial abrasions, said Lt. Gen. Daryl Williams.

He added that all the victims were members of the class of 2020, and that they were headed to land navigation training.

Gov. Cuomo said the accident "may be worse than what we heard so far. It may actually be worse than that," in a radio interview with Alan Chartock Thursday morning.

"It was on training grounds of West Point.," Cuomo added, "It's a horrific accident. These are young people who are dedicated their lives, on the anniversary of D-Day."

President Donald Trump also reacted to the news on Twitter, writing, "So sorry to hear about the terrible accident involving our GREAT West Point Cadets. We mourn the loss of life and pray for the injured. God Bless them ALL!"

“We are deeply saddened to hear of this morning's tragic accident at West Point that resulted in the death of a cadet and several injuries,” the U.S. Air Force Academy said in a statement. “The young men & women who choose the path of service to attend our military academies represent the very best our nation has to offer.”

Classes ended at West Point last month, but the academy also runs summer training exercises for cadets.

The U.S. Military Academy says the incident remains under investigation.

The cadet’s death marks the second death at West Point this year. Cadet Peter Zhu died in February following a tragic skiing accident.