Five US Army soldiers are dead and four missing after their Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, like the one shown above, was overturned during convoy training at Fort Hood, TX yesterday. Three soldiers were successfully rescued and are listed as being in "stable" condition at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center. The troops were from the famed 1st Cavalry Division, Army Times reports.
Texas has been the subject of intense flooding of late and the commanders at Fort Hood were in the process of closing all low-water crossings on the base when the 2.5-ton LMTV overturned, the base's media relations chief, Chris Haug, told The Washington Post. The crew became stuck at the Owl Creek Tactical low-water crossing and East Range Road – on "a normal dirt road," Haug told The New York Times – and were overturned by fast-moving flood waters. The three soldiers that were rescued were pulled from the water by troops in a following LMTV.
"It was a tragic accident where we lost five of our soldiers," Fort Hood Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. John Uberti said in a press conference. "Due to the quick action of some other soldiers who were training, we were able to rescue three soldiers."
Haug told WaPo that the search for the four missing soldiers is continuing with "all assets that we have."
This was just one part of what was a very bad June 2 for the US military. A USAF F-16 from the famed Thunderbirds demonstration team crashed following a commencement-day flyover at the Air Force Academy – the jet's pilot successfully ejected. A pilot for the US Navy's Blue Angels, USMC Capt. Jeff Kuss, wasn't so lucky, and was killed when his F/A-18 Hornet crashed during practice for an air show near Nashville, TN.