Update to this previous story.
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — The last four soldiers still missing after a truck carrying a dozen troops was washed from a flooded low-water cross at Fort Hood were found dead Friday, bringing the death toll from the accident to nine.
The bodies were found downstream from the Owl Creek Tactical Crossing where the swift waters of the flooded creek swept the troop carrier from the crossing, said Maj. Gen. John Uberti, Fort Hood deputy commander. Three other occupants of the 2½-ton troop carrier were found dead shortly after the Thursday morning accident, and two more were found dead Thursday night.
Three survivors were discharged from Fort Hood’s hospital on Friday, Uberti said at a Friday evening briefing at the Central Texas Army post. Identities of the dead were being withheld pending notification of their families, he said.
The portion of road on the northern fringe of the post where the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle overturned Thursday hadn’t been overrun by water during past floods, Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug said earlier Friday. The vehicle resembles a flatbed truck with a walled bed and is used to carry troops.
He said during a news conference Friday that the soldiers were being trained on how to operate the 2½-ton truck when it overturned along Owl Creek, about 70 miles north of Austin.
“It was a situation where the rain had come, the water was rising quickly and we were in the process, at the moment of the event, of closing the roads,” Haug said.
Soldiers on training exercises regularly contend with high-water situations following heavy rains, he said.
“This was a tactical vehicle and at the time they were in a proper place for what they were training,” Haug said. “It’s just an unfortunate accident that occurred quickly.”
The bodies of two soldiers were found late Thursday night. Three soldiers were found dead shortly after the vehicle overturned. Three others were hospitalized in stable condition after being rescued by personnel traveling in a separate vehicle.
The Army has not yet released the names of the dead because it was still notifying relatives.