Our military has experienced another tragedy today right here on American soil. Three soldiers who were based in Fort Hood are dead after their vehicle was overturned and swept away by rushing waters from a creek that overflowed after two days of heavy rain. Three other soldiers were recovered from the scene and six are still missing.
The soldiers were traveling in a truck that resembles a flatbed truck with a walled bed. It and is used to transport troops and was carrying 12 at the time of the tragic incident.
The soldiers who survived are in stable condition at a hospital in Gatesville, Texas.
The Houston Chronicle reports that the identity of the missing and deceased soldiers have not been released pending the notification of family.
The soldiers were from 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and were performing routine training activities when they were swept from the road, post spokesman Chris Haug said. Army aircraft, canine search teams, swift-water rescue watercraft and heavy trucks were being used in the search for the six missing soldiers. The Army did not release the names of the dead because it was still notifying relatives.
Parts of Texas are still being inundated with heavy rain with more than half of the state under flood warnings. The Fort Hood area has received 2 1/2 to 3 inches of rain since Wednesday afternoon. Search teams continue to look for the six missing soldiers.
The accident occurred in Oak Creek which is home to 30,000 soldiers and their families.