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5 U.S. Army soldiers dead, 4 missing after truck overturns in floodwaters at Fort Hood

By Doug G. Ware and Shawn Price
5 U.S. Army soldiers dead, 4 missing after truck overturns in floodwaters at Fort Hood
Multiple American soldiers were killed Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas, after a vehicle they were riding in overturned at a creek crossing amid high floodwaters, officials said. Three troops were rescued and six others went missing immediately after the accident. File Photo by Robert Hughes/UPI | License Photo

FORT HOOD, Texas, June 2 (UPI) -- Five U.S. Army soldiers were killed Thursday after a truck they were riding in flipped over in high floodwaters at Fort Hood in Texas, authorities said.

The bodies of two soldiers were found late Thursday, confirmed by Fort Hood officials.

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"This brings the total deceased to five soldiers. The search continues for the remaining four missing soldiers," the statement said.

The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. local time. The troops were attempting to cross water at the Owl Creek Tactical low-water crossing when it overturned, the Army said Thursday afternoon.

The rescued soldiers were hospitalized in stable condition, the Army stated in a news release.

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The armed forces branch is using aircraft, K-9 search teams, heavy-ground equipment, swift-water rescue watercraft and other personnel to search for the missing troops.

The vehicle involved was described by the Army as a "Light Medium Tactical Vehicle."

The Army said it will withhold the identities of the victims until family notification has been made.

Parts of Texas have been hit by heavy rainstorms in recent days, causing flooding in certain parts, including Fort Hood, located about 50 miles southwest of Waco.

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