Cadet killed, 21 injured in West Point academy vehicle crash

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NEW YORK — One West Point Military Academy cadet died Thursday in a vehicle accident near a training site, and 19 other cadets and two soldiers were injured, the academy said.

West Point said Thursday morning there had been “an accident in the vicinity of the Camp Natural Bridge training site.”

Earlier Thursday, a person reached on the West Point Military Police line said the accident involved an armored personnel carrier. Katie Felder, a spokeswoman for West Point, told CNN there was an accident but could not immediately provide further details.

New York state trooper Steven Nevel said troopers were headed to the location of the accident as needed.

The US military academy is located in New York, a 45-minute drive away from New York City, according to the academy.

Retired Major Gen. James “Spider” Marks, a CNN military analyst, said cadets go to the site during the summer for “vigorous military training.”

Cadets take part in field training exercises during their second summer at West Point. That training “is designed to familiarize and train each Third Class cadet in basic and advanced individual Soldier skills,” according to the West Point website.

“Training is conducted in combined arms operations, introducing the cadets to the combat, combat support and combat service support branches of the U.S.,” the site says.

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