One West Point cadet dead, 21 others injured in vehicle training incident

One West Point cadet dead, 21 others injured in vehicle training incident
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One West Point cadet is dead and 19 cadets and two soldiers have been wounded in a vehicle training accident Thursday morning, the military academy announced.

The accident involving a light medium tactical vehicle happened shortly before 7 a.m. off a highway in Orange County, New York, near Camp Natural Bridge.

The injured cadets and soldiers have been transported to local hospitals, West Point said in a statement. The incident is under investigation.

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The U.S. Military Academy reported the accident on Twitter at 8:18 a.m.

West Point said that emergency vehicles were responding to the accident and asked motorists to avoid Route 293, the area where the accident occurred.

According to ABC News, the reported injuries were the result of a military vehicle overturning during a training.

The Journal News, which serves Westchester and Rockland counties, reports that a West Point spokeswoman said officials were gathering information at the scene. 

"West Point officials thank local and state emergency responders for their assistance on the scene," the academy said in a statement.

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"So sorry to hear about the terrible accident involving our GREAT West Point Cadets. We mourn the loss of life and pray for the injured. God Bless them ALL!" he wrote.

— This breaking news report was last updated at 8:41 p.m. to reflect new information from West Point.