NC high school grad among soldiers killed in Fort Hood flooding

Rae'Laurin Gates (Source: Facebook)


FORT HOOD, Texas (WNCN/AP) – One of the nine Fort Hood soldiers killed when a truck overturned in floodwaters on post was a graduate of a Harnett County High School.

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Triton High School graduate Rae’Laurin Gates died in Thursday’s incident, said Triton principal Chip Magnum.

Gates was apart of the school’s ROTC program before joining the Army.

A truck carrying 12 soldiers overturned in a fast-flowing flooded creek during a training exercise, killing Gates and eight other soldiers, officials said Friday. Three soldiers rescued shortly after the accident have been released from the hospital.

Maj. Gen. John Uberti says the last bodies were found Friday, a day after the 2½-ton truck overturned in Owl Creek at Fort Hood. Three more soldiers were injured in the training exercise at the sprawling Army base in Central Texas.

Fort Hood spokesman John Miller has said a crossing was flooded after two days of heavy rains and that the swift floodwaters swept the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle from the road.

Central and Southeast Texas have been inundated with rain in recent days, and more than half of the state is under flood watches or warnings

At least six other people have died in recent floods in the state.

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