1 killed, 22 injured in West Point, NY cadet training accident

One US Military Academy cadet was killed and 22 cadets and troopers had been injured when their tactical automobile rolled over on a dust highway, throughout a summer time training train southeast of West Point in New York.

The incident occurred round 6:35 am native time on Thursday, because the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) was leaving Camp Natural Bridge, the place cadets dwell and prepare throughout the summer time.

Twenty cadets and two troopers had been injured, West Point spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Ophardt informed reporters. One cadet was deceased.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo later mentioned that the variety of fatalities may rise, based mostly on the data he was given concerning the accident.

“It’s the anniversary of D-Day. It really is a sad, sad moment,” Cuomo informed WAMC radio.

A LMTV is a 2.5-ton truck generally utilized by the US army. The high-axle automobiles are “very prone to rollover,” Alan C. Mack, deputy commissioner for emergency administration in Orange County, the place West Point is positioned, informed the New York Times.

The incident comes lower than two weeks after graduation ceremony for the most numerous graduating class in West Point’s historical past. The visitor speaker was Vice President Mike Pence, who informed the graduating class it was a “virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life.”