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5 Soldiers Killed, 4 Missing after Truck Overturns in Fort Hood Creek

A Texas Army National Guard Light Medium Tactical Vehicle drives through flooded streets in Orange, Texas, March 17, 2016. (Photo by Alicia Lacy/Air National Guard)
A Texas Army National Guard Light Medium Tactical Vehicle drives through flooded streets in Orange, Texas, March 17, 2016. (Photo by Alicia Lacy/Air National Guard)

Updated 11:30 p.m. ET.

Five soldiers were killed and four others were missing Thursday when their light truck overturned in a rain-swollen creek at Fort Hood, Texas.

Three other soldiers on the truck were pulled from the water near the overturned vehicle at the sprawling Army post and were reported in stable condition while they were transported from the Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville, Texas, to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on Fort Hood, the Fort Hood Public Affairs office said in a statement.

The four missing soldiers were from the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. The search continues for them, according to an updated statement from the base.

The bodies of the three soldiers were recovered from waters downstream from where their Light Medium Tactical Vehicle overturned at the Owl Creek Tactical low-water crossing and East Range Road on Fort Hood, the statement said.

Fort Hood emergency personnel were the first to arrive at the scene in response to a "swift-water rescue call" at about 11:20 a.m. local time, the statement said.

Other first responders from the Fort Hood Directorate of Emergency Services and local and state agencies have now joined the search for the six missing soldiers with a combination of aircraft, canine search teams, heavy ground equipment, and swift-water rescue watercraft.

The accident occurred as parts of Texas were still recovering from heavy rainfall and bracing for new storms that could dump up to 10 inches of rain and worsen flooding in rivers and other waterways that already have risen to record levels. High water reportedly covered roadways and highways throughout the Fort Hood area Thursday.

-- Richard Sisk can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com.

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