Coroner: Teen in Asiana Crash Killed By Vehicle

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - Chinese officials are urging investigators to determine responsibility for the death of a student who survived the Asiana Airlines crash only to be struck and killed by a fire vehicle.

Authorities said on Friday that 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan died of multiple injuries from being run over by what officials believe was a special firetruck used to spread fire-suppressing foam.

In a statement, the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco said it was saddened to learn the girl was run over and offered its condolences.

It also urged U.S. investigators to deal properly with the finding and affix responsibility for the death.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said she did not immediately foresee any disciplinary action. She called the death a tragic accident.


SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - A coroner says a teenager in the Asiana Airlines crash was killed when she was struck by a vehicle at the scene.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault on Friday disclosed the findings of his autopsy on 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, a Chinese student.

Foucralt said she died of multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle. He did not say what that vehicle was.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said officials believe the girl was struck by a specialized fire vehicle.

Authorities confirmed last week that Yuan was hit by a vehicle racing to extinguish flames that broke out on the Boeing 777.

Police said she was on the ground and covered in fire-retardant foam that rescuers had sprayed on the wreckage.

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