UPDATE: Coroner: Teen in Asiana Crash Killed by Vehicle

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: 7/19/13 12:15 PM CDT

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.


SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) -- Officials are set to reveal whether a Chinese student on board Asiana Flight 214 survived the crash-landing only to be killed accidentally on the runway by a fire truck racing to the wrecked, smoking plane.

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office will hold a news conference Friday at 10 a.m. to announce the cause and manner of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan's death.

Ye Meng Yuan and her middle school classmate, 16-year-old Wang Linjia, died in the July 6 crash at San Francisco International airport. The other victim killed, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, died at a hospital July 12. Dozens of others were injured.

Police and fire officials confirmed last week that Ye Meng Yuan was hit by a fire truck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777.

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