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Maine Soldier Killed in Texas Accident

KILLEEN, Texas - One Fort Hood soldier has died and another was critically hurt in a vehicle accident while hunting feral hogs near the Central Texas post.

Bell County sheriff's Lt. T.J. Cruz said Tuesday that officials are investigating what caused two soldiers to fall from the bed of a pickup truck. The accident happened July 6 near Killeen.

Spec. Jason Kane of Surry, Maine, was killed. Cruz says another soldier remains hospitalized in critical condition. The driver and a cab passenger weren't injured.

Cruz says the four soldiers apparently had permission to hunt on a field. The driver noticed his two buddies were no longer in the back of his personal truck, retraced the route and located the victims.

Officials disposed of a hog found in an ice chest in the vehicle.