West Point cadet killed in training accident identified

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WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on a fatal West Point training vehicle accident (all times local):

11:41 a.m.

West Point officials have released the name of the cadet who was killed in Thursday’s training accident as 22-year-old Cadet Christopher J. Morgan, of West Orange, New Jersey.

“Cadet Morgan was a valued member of the Corps of Cadets and will be missed by all. The entire community is ensuring that our cadets are being cared for physically, emotionally, and spiritually,” said Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, 60th Superintendent, U. S. Military Academy. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family.”

Morgan died at the scene of the accident.

2:15 p.m.

West Point officials say the military training vehicle that overturned, killing one and injuring several, was being driven by a soldier on rough terrain.

Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams said during a news conference that 19 other cadets and two soldiers were injured when the vehicle flipped over on a dirt road early Thursday morning. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

It’s unclear whether all 20 cadets were passengers in the vehicle.

Williams said the vehicle was transporting cadets to a land navigation site for training, near Camp Natural Bridge.

He said the cadets are seniors at the U.S. Military Academy. Williams had no information on the cause of the accident or the name of the cadet who died.

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This story has been corrected to show that 21 people were injured, not 22, and that all of the injured may not have been passengers in the vehicle.

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10:05 a.m.

West Point officials say one cadet was killed and 22 people were injured when a vehicle they were riding in for summer training overturned.

The U.S. Military Academy says the vehicle overturned on a dirt road at about 6:45 a.m. Thursday. Twenty cadets and two soldiers on the light medium tactical vehicle were injured.

Lieutenant Col. Christopher Ophardt could not provide the severity of the injuries or the name of cadet who died.

The accident occurred near Camp Natural Bridge, an area where cadet summer training takes place.

Ophardt says the investigation of the cause of the single-vehicle accident was continuing.

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9:30 a.m.

Authorities say a carrier vehicle at West Point overturned in an accident involving at least 20 cadets at a training site.

New York State police said troopers were assisting West Point personnel responding to the Thursday morning crash at the U.S. Military Academy.

West Point officials confirmed there was an accident near Camp Natural Bridge, an area where cadet summer training takes place. They provided no details on the crash.

There was no official confirmation of reports of multiple injuries.

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9:05 a.m.

Authorities say emergency responders are at the scene of a multi-vehicle accident at a West Point training site.

New York State police said troopers were assisting West Point personnel responding to the crash.

West Point spokeswoman Katie Felder said the accident Thursday morning was in an area where cadet summer training takes place.

There was no official confirmation on reports of multiple injuries.

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