5 Fort Hood Soldiers Dead; 4 Missing in Texas Floods

Army truck was swept into a creek
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 2, 2016 8:11 PM CDT
3 Fort Hood Soldiers Dead; 6 Missing in Texas Floods
Streets along the Brazos River are closed Thursday in Rosenber, Texas.   (Mark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Army teams and other emergency crews are searching along a Fort Hood creek for four soldiers still missing from a truck that overturned in the swift water, killing at least five and injuring three, the AP reports. Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug says the search continued after teams late Thursday night found the bodies of two soldiers who had been in the vehicle. Three others were found dead shortly after the 2 ½-ton truck overturned in Owl Creek during a morning training exercise on the sprawling Central Texas army post.Three soldiers were rescued and were hospitalized in stable condition.

Aerial and ground crews searched the 20-mile creek, which winds through heavily wooded terrain on the northern fringe of the 340-square-mile Army base, after the truck flipped in swift floodwaters during a late-morning training exercise. Fort Hood spokesman John Miller says the low-water crossing of the creek was flooded by two days of intermittent heavy rains when the swift water swept the truck, called a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, from the road. The vehicle resembles a flatbed truck with a walled bed and is used to carry troops. Parts of Texas have been inundated with rain in the last week, and more than half of the state is under flood watches or warnings, including the counties near Fort Hood. At least six people died in floods last week in Central and Southeast Texas. (Read more Fort Hood stories.)

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