Five Fort Hood Soldiers Killed, Four Missing After Truck Overturns In Floods
At least five soldiers are dead and four are missing after a U.S. Army truck overturned due to flooded waters in a swollen creek in Ford Hood, Texas on Thursday.
Three soldiers were plucked from the water and are now in stable condition as they are now at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on Fort Hood, according to a statement from the Ford Hood Public Affairs office.
Over the past several weeks, central Texas has been battered by heavy rain storms resulting in heavy floods and swollen rivers and creeks.
A search and rescue mission is currently underway to find the four missing soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
In the statement from the base, three bodies were found downstream at the Owl Creek Tactical low-water crossing and East Range Road on Fort Hood, which is where the vehicle overturned.
“The 1st Cavalry Division is grieving after a training accident at Fort Hood during flash flooding this morning. We are deeply saddened by the loss of several Troopers and continue search operations,” 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, Maj. Gen. John C. Thomson III, said in the statement Thursday.
Canine search teams, heavy ground equipment, aircraft and swift-water rescue watercraft from the Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services and local and state agencies are aiding in the search for the missing soldiers.