BREAKING: One cadet dead in West Point vehicle training accident

Abbie Bennett
June 06, 2019 - 9:29 am

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point said one of its cadets, set to graduate next year, died in an accident involving an armored personnel carrier near a training area.  At least 19 other cadets were injured.

During a news conference, Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt, West Point spokesman, said the academy would identify the cadet killed in about 24 hours. 

The accident happened early Thursday morning and involved a military multipurpose transport truck, a light medium tactical vehicle (LMTV) featuring a cab and a bed with a canopied back and two benches for transporting troops. 

"Today was a tragic day for the West Point community and our United States Army," Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams said during the news conference, according to Fox News video. "We're strong. This is the United States Army. We're strong here at West Point." 

Williams said a truck carrying cadets was involved in a "rollover accident" and said there were no injuries that were life threatening among the others taken to Keller Army Community Hospital and other medical facilities. Injuries ranged from facial abrasions to a broken arm. 

Two soldiers who were in the cab of the truck, one of whom was driving, also were injured, Williams said. 

When asked if he was concerned whether there were "too many cadets" in the back of the truck, Williams said he was not.

The academy had about 2,400 cadets in the area for required land navigation training on Thursday, Ophardt told reporters at the news conference. 

The truck carrying cadet rising seniors was leaving the barracks and en route to a nearby training area known as "the lanes." 

Williams said an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident, but added that "it is not common for these vehicles to turn over." 

"We don't know the details of how the accident actually happened," he said. 

Abbie Bennett contributed to this report. 

We will update this story as details become available.