One West Point cadet was killed, 20 others were injured along with two soldiers when their 5-ton truck overturned during summer training. The roadway to the scene of the accident was blocked by NY State Troopers. (FOX 5 NY)
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - One cadet was killed and 19 were injured along with two Army soldiers in an accident involving a training vehicle at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Thursday morning, officials said.
The Light Medium Tactical Vehicle operated by two soldiers overturned at approximately 6:45 a.m. off Route 293 at the Camp Natural Bridge training site.
The school tweeted at 8:18 a.m. that emergency vehicles responded to the scene where cadet summer training takes place.
"Please avoid Route 293."
The injured were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt could not provide the name of the cadet who died in the single-vehicle accident, reported the Associated Press.
It was not clear whether all the cadets were aboard the vehicle, as opposed to nearby.
The group was headed to a land navigation training site in hilly, mountainous terrain.
Speaking on WAMC public radio Thursday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the number of fatalities could increase based on what he's been told about the incident.
"These are young people who are dedicating their lives," Cuomo said. "It's the anniversary of D-Day. It really is a sad, sad moment."
New York State police troopers assisted West Point personnel responding to the crash.
"West Point officials thank local and state emergency responders for their assistance on the scene," wrote @USAGWestPoint.
The military academy in West Point, New York was founded in 1802. One of five service academies, it is located along the banks of the Hudson River about 55 miles north of New York City.
With the Associated Press