- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - The Latest on flooding in Texas (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

Fort Hood officials have released the names of eight of the nine soldiers from the Central Texas Army post who died when their truck was washed away in a rain-swollen creek during training.

Eight of the dead have been identified as Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey.

Officials with the post say the name of the ninth soldier who died won’t be released until family can be notified.

The accident, which remains under investigation, happened Thursday when the 2½-ton truck overturned in Owl Creek at Fort Hood. Three more soldiers were injured but survived. They were released from Fort Hood’s hospital Friday.

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12:45 p.m.

An emergency medical services chief says only the wheels of an Army troop-transport truck were visible after swift floodwaters washed the 2½-ton vehicle from a Fort Hood low-water crossing, killing nine soldiers.

Jeff Mincy has been the chief of emergency medical services for Coryell County for seven years. He told the Killeen Daily Herald that judging from the appearance of the truck’s wheels, the rushing waters were about 8 feet deep. He said that floodwaters in usually dry Owl Creek were swifter than he would have felt safe working in.

Meanwhile, officials said the flood emergency in Brazoria County, near the Gulf Coast, was worsening Saturday as the floodwaters from a week of heavy rains in the Brazos River valley flowed downstream to the Gulf.


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