Truck crash claims 9 lives at Fort Hood

Truck crash claims 9 lives at Fort Hood

Rescue teams and other crew recovered four bodies on Friday increasing the total death toll to nine following an accident involving an Army truck falling into floodwaters at Fort Hood in the state of Texas. Twelve soldiers were on a training missionwhen their vehicle became stuck in the flooded creek at a remote section of the army post.

Rescue teams from the army and other emergency crews are searching for the missing soldiers along a Fort Hood creek after a truck overturned in the water.Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug has said that they search operations continued after teams found bodies of two soldiers on Thursday night. Three others were found dead shortly after the accident in Owl Creek during a morning training exercise on the huge army post in Texas.Soldiers from another vehicle rescued three of their comrades following the accident.

The teams also rescued three soldiers and they have been sent to the hospital for treatment and are in stable condition. Teams from the air and on land continued to search the 20-mile creek that covered by a thick forest cover on the northern fringe of the base. An army aircraft, canine search teams, swift-water rescue watercraft and heavy trucks are being used in the rescue operations in the area.

Christopher Haug said that the soldiers were learning to operate the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle and were not sent in conditions too dangerous for training. He said, "It was a situation where the rain had come and the water was rising quickly. They regularly pass through these weather conditions like this. This was a tactical vehicle, and at the time they were in proper place. Just an unfortunate accident that occurred quickly."