FORT HOOD — Texas Task Force One and more soldiers from the 89th Military Police Brigade joined the search Wednesday for the driver who was washed into Clear Creek, post officials said.
Texas Task Force One is one of 28 federal teams under FEMA’s National Urban Search and Rescue System and functions as a statewide urban search and rescue team under direction of the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
The search continued Wednesday at Clear Creek, which empties into House Creek and Cowhouse Creek, a tributary of Belton Lake.
Authorities were aware of the person's identity, but would not release that information. Fort Hood spokesman John Miller would not say whether the driver was active military personnel.
Crews were searching all of the creeks, and helicopters were keeping an eye on the lake from above, Fort Hood spokesman Tyler Broadway said.
It was announced late Tuesday that the vehicle swept into the creek at Turkey Run Road driven by the missing person had been located.
More than 80 emergency personnel including swift-water rescue teams and air assets including two AH-64 Apache helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, continued search efforts.
The accident occurred on the north side of a Fort Hood golf course.
“I want to personally thank the more than 80 emergency responders, including Task Force One search and rescue teams, who have worked tirelessly to support this critical, ongoing effort,” said U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood commander Col. Todd Fox in a statement issued Wednesday.
“We’re doing everything we can to locate the driver, and we are very appreciative of the assistance offered and rendered by our Central Texas neighbors.”