Emergency crews and Army teams scoured a Texas creek on Friday in search of four missing men whose five fellow servicemen died after their Army truck rolled over in dangerous flood waters, officials announced.
The two-and-a-half ton tactical truck, carrying at least 12 servicemen, overturned in Owl Creek during a Thursday morning training exercise at the military base after the fast-moving flood waters swept it away, the Associated Press reports.
“Three confirmed deceased soldiers were recovered from the water downstream from the vehicle,” base officials announced in a statement on Thursday. “Two more soldiers were found and confirmed deceased at Fort Hood This brings the total deceased to five soldiers.”
Officials added that three soldiers were rescued from the flood waters and were taken to a local medical center in stable condition.
The names of the soldiers – missing, deceased or rescued – have not been released. Canine search teams, Army aircraft, heavy trucks and rescue watercraft were being used in the search.
A Fort Hood official said the area was flooded by two days of heavy rain, and the swift waters swept the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle off the road, the AP reports.
Texas governor Greg Abbott spoke about the tragedy in a Twitter post, writing, “We mourn & pray for the Fort Hood soldiers who died after vehicle overturned. May God be with their families.”
The governor declared a state of emergency in 31 counties on Wednesday as more than half the state is under warnings or flood watches.
At least six people died in floods last weeks, according to NBC News. And a forecaster told NBC that Fort Hood could expect “additional rain” on Friday.
“The ground is already saturated and the rivers are swollen so this is going to hamper flood relief efforts as well as the search,” the forecaster said.