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Carter Comments on Fort Hood Training Accident

WASHINGTON, June 04, 2016 — Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke today in Singapore about the June 2 training accident at Fort Hood, Texas, that’s claimed the lives of nine soldiers.

Earlier reporting of the incident said that five soldiers had died when a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle overturned during flash flooding at a water crossing. Four more bodies were discovered yesterday. Three soldiers were rescued.

Carter said the incident is a tragedy for the entire Fort Hood community.

“We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those [deceased] soldiers and to those who were injured, as they recover,” the defense secretary said.

An investigation is underway, he said.

Carter is in Singapore attending the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security conference.

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