Deadly accident at West Point training site
Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the superintendent of US Military Academy at West Point, thanked medical personnel and community partners for their help following the deadly accident at the US Military Academy at West Point this morning.
Here's what he said during a news conference:
"I mean this is the United States army. We're strong. We're strong here at West Point. The community has come together very nicely. As I talked about the medical support and all the great professionals we have here, along with our partners, as I mentioned, so we responded very quickly. I came out quickly this morning when I found out and our great partners in New York were here very early attending to our own. Thank you very much."
Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams confirmed that one cadet has died and 21 other people suffered injuries during the rollover accident.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased and our injured," Williams said. "I would like to commend the exceptional efforts and professionalism of the first responders and medical personnel and thank our great New York state police and our mutual aid partners."
About the injuries: The injured cadets suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including facial abrasions and at least one broken arm, a hospital commander said.
A troop vehicle carrying 20 cadets and two soldiers rolled over this morning on its way to a training exercise, said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the superintendent of US Military Academy at West Point.
"Early this morning a troop vehicle carrying 20 cadets operated by two soldiers was traveling to a land navigation training site when it was involved in a rollover accident," he said at a news conference.
He continued: "The cadets were involved in a standard training exercise that occurs as a part of their military training program here at West Point."
New York Attorney General Letitia James tweeted she is "extremely saddened" to hear of the "tragic accident" at the US Military Academy at West Point Thursday.
James added: “My heart is with the family of the cadet we lost, and I'm praying for a speedy recovery for the multiple injured.”
President Trump tweeted Thursday he was sorry to learn of an accident near a West Point training site that left one dead.
"So sorry to hear about the terrible accident involving our GREAT West Point Cadets," Trump wrote shortly after landing in Ireland. "We mourn the loss of life and pray for the injured. God Bless them ALL!"
At least one US Military Academy cadet died Thursday in a vehicle accident near an academy training site, and 20 other cadets and two soldiers were injured, the academy said.
The US Military Academy said a deadly accident happened near West Point in New York this morning.
A person who answered the phone at West Point Military Police confirmed an armored personnel carrier was involved in the accident, but we're still not clear on many other details.
We last caught you up at 10 a.m. ET. Here's where things stand now:
- Deadly accident: At least one person has died, a source familiar with the investigation said.
- More wounded: At least 22 people — 20 cadets and two soldiers — were injured in the accident. We don't know the extent of their injuries.
- The scene: The accident happened at the Camp Natural Bridge training site near the US Military Academy at West Point, which is about a 45-minute drive away from New York City.
At least one cadet died and 22 other people were injured after an accident at a West Point training site this morning.
CNN's Polo Sandoval is on the scene at the Camp National Bridge training facility in Upstate New York, where first responders are guarding the entrance.
It's about an hour drive from New York City.
The New York Governor is directing the State Office of Emergency Management to provide resources to assist following the “tragic training accident” at West Point Military Academy Thursday.
Here's his full statement:
"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. This incident is made all the more heart wrenching as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day today, a day where we remember those who gave their lives for our country.
"I am grateful to the first responders who are on the scene right now and am directing the State Office of Emergency Management to provide any resources necessary to assist.
"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."