Fort Hood flood tragedy claims the lives of five soldiers, with four still missing

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KILLEEN, TX - The military community of Fort Hood is reeling over the tragic loss of life after an army truck overturned in the rushing flood waters of Owl Creek on Thursday.

"We suffered a tragic accident where we lost five of our soldiers," U.S. Army Maj.  Gen. John Uberti announced.  "Due to the quick action of some of the other soldiers that were training, we were able to rescue three soldiers, who are in stable condition."

Rescue workers recovered five bodies from the accident location, but there are still four soldiers missing.

"Our priority has been, since the first report of this incident and continues to be, the search for our four missing teammates," Uberti declared.

As rescue efforts continue, some people are questioning what the soldiers were doing out in that location in the first place?

"This is normal training.  Small unit training," Fort Hood PIO Christoper Haug explained.  "There were 12 soldiers in that truck, and they were training on how to operate it and what to do with it."

Officials say the road the soldiers was on was not designated a "low-water crossing."

However, it sounds like their fate may have been sealed by "bad timing."

"The water was rising quickly," Haug said. "And we were in the process, at the moment of the event, of closing the roads."

Former Fort Hood soldier John Sanders called it "Bad luck? bad timing? ...I mean was there other routes that [they] could have taken? You know, how well did they know Fort Hood? Was that the only road they knew?"

The focus now? Finding those missing.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the soldiers, families and friends of Third Battalion, 16 field artillery," Uberti said.