West Point cadet from Terre Haute among the injured following rollover

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FILE – This May 2, 2019 file photo shows a view of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. West Point officials say one cadet was killed and over a dozen people were injured Thursday, June 6 when a vehicle they were riding in for summer training overturned. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

WEST POINT, N.Y.  —  A West Point cadet from Terre Haute was among those injured during a summer training in which a vehicle overturned in rough, wooded terrain.

Zach Potter, a graduate of Terre Haute North, is currently recovering from non life-threatening injuries, according to his sister, Sarah Potter.

Another cadet, Christopher J. Morgan of West Orange, New Jersey, died at the scene.

Potter posted a photo of Morgan on his Facebook page Friday with the caption, “Be thou at peace brother. Love you CJ.”

The tactical vehicle operated by two soldiers overturned around 6:45 a.m. Thursday as it was headed to a land navigation site as part of standard summer cadet training, said West Point’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams.

The two soldiers were injured along with 19 cadets in the Class of 2020. Williams said none of the injuries were life-threatening. Injuries included broken arms and facial abrasions, an official with the hospital at West Point said.

“It is not common for these vehicles to turn over. It is very rough terrain,” Williams told reporters at a briefing near the accident site Thursday afternoon. “You can see the hills we have here.”

The investigation is continuing, Williams said, and “we don’t know the details of how the accident actually happened.”

The “light medium tactical vehicle” that rolled over has a 5-ton payload and an extended bed, according to West Point. That vehicle class has a passenger capacity of 20, not counting those in the cab, according to an Army technical bulletin.

It was not clear whether all the cadets were aboard the vehicle, as opposed to nearby, academy spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Ophardt said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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