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.