Four cadets at the Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario. died in a motor vehicle accident.
Emergency teams responded to an incident around 2 a.m. Friday at Point Frederick on the RMC campus.
The Department of Defense confirmed Friday afternoon that four RMC cadets were killed in the incident.
“The Canadian Forces National Intelligence Service (CFNIS) is currently investigating with the support of Kingston Police. As the investigation is in its early stages, no further details can be given at this time,” DND said in a statement.
Emergency vehicles were still at Point Frederick as of Friday afternoon. Cameras from CTV News Ottawa spotted officers placing a body on a stretcher in a van while military police looked on.
DND said there had been a fatal incident involving a vehicle earlier on Friday.
“RMC’s first priority is to ensure that our Navy and officer cadets, staff, faculty and families are cared for and supported,” DND said in a statement to CTV News.
“This loss has been felt throughout the RMC community and we extend our deepest condolences to all of our members, their families and their friends at this difficult time.”
The fatal accident occurs at the end of the winter semester at the Royal Military College. According to the RMC website, the last day of the winter semester is April 30th.
Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson released a statement on the deaths of the four cadets at RMC.
“As a member of the RMC community, I am absolutely heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss of 4 cadets this morning,” Paterson said on Twitter.
“As Mayor of Kingston, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to their families, friends and everyone at RMC. We stand by your side and offer you our full support.”
Conservative Party leader Candice Bergen said: “My thoughts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the RMC cadets. I pray for all who have been affected by this tragedy.”
Conservative MP Erin O’Toole tweeted: “Horribly sad news from the Royal Military College where exceptional young Canadians are entering service. My deepest condolences to their families and the RMC family.”
Point Frederick is a peninsula where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River.
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