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“Three soldiers have died and the search continues Thursday night for six others after their Light Medium Tactical Vehicle overturned at a low-water crossing on Fort Hood, Texas.
Three more soldiers were rescued and are in stable condition.
Fort Hood emergency personnel responded to a call for a swift-water rescue at 11:20 a.m. Thursday after the LMTV got stuck at the Owl Creek Tactical low-water crossing and East Range Road, according to information from Fort Hood.
Severe storms have pummeled Texas in recent days, with widespread flooding reported across the state. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster across 31 counties, and heavy rain was falling in some places at a rate of up to 3 inches an hour, according to The Weather Channel.
The soldiers involved were conducting convoy operations training at the time of the incident, said Lt. Col. Sunset Belinsky, a spokeswoman for the 1st Cavalry Division. The road the soldiers were training on isn’t marked as a low-water crossing, which means it typically isn’t prone to flooding, she said.
“But because of the unusual amount of rain we’ve received, water did come across the road,” she said.”
(Photo: Sgt. Angel Turner/Army)