Rescue Vehicle Accident

Rescue Vehicle Accident


In 2013, a Chinese teenager who survived the San Francisco crash died of injuries sustained after being run over by a rescue vehicle.


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A teenager survived the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco only to be struck and killed by a fire vehicle rushing to fight a blaze that broke out on the plane, authorities said.

San Mateo County coroner Robert Foucrault said 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, a Chinese student, died of multiple blunt injuries consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle.

He did not say what that vehicle was, but San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said officials believe the girl was struck by a specialized fire vehicle.

"It's very difficult and devastating news for all of us," Hayes-White said.

Hayes-White said that the investigators believe the teenager was on the ground and not standing up when she was struck.

Foucrault declined to detail how investigators determined she was alive before she was struck but said they could tell from internal hemorrhaging.

Authorities confirmed last week that a vehicle racing hit Yuan 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.

Ye Meng Yuan and her classmate, 16-year-old Wang Linjia, died on July 6, 2013, at San Francisco International Airport. The other victim, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, died at a hospital on July 12, 2013. Dozens of others were injured.

Yuan and Linjia were students at Jiangshan Middle School in Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province in eastern China, Chinese state media has reported.

They were part of a group of students and teachers from the school who were heading to summer camp in southern California. Federal investigators have said that Yuan and Linjia were seated at the back of the plane.


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