Military officials say a West Virginia Army National Guard soldier has died in a parachute accident.

The Montana National Guard says the soldier was participating in training exercises Sunday afternoon on Fort Harrison near Helena.

Maj. Tim Crowe says the military can't release the identity of the victim until next of kin is notified. Crowe says he is not authorized to release any details about the accident until an investigation to determine the cause is completed.

The soldier was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group.

After the accident, he was taken to a hospital in Helena and then transferred to Great Falls, where he died of his injuries.

Associated Press