SFPD Chief: Passenger Struck by Fire Truck at Crash Site

It is still not known whether the fire truck killed the girl or if she had already died prior to being struck

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr confirmed Friday that one of the two victims killed in Saturday’s Asiana plane crash at SFO was hit by a fire truck at the scene.

Suhr said investigators are still waiting for more information from the Coroner’s office to determine whether or not it played a role in her death.

Right now, it isn't clear whether Ye Meng Yuan, 16, was already dead or whether she was alive after Saturday's crash.
San Mateo County coroner Robert Foucrault said his initial results would likely be released sometime next week and would not comment on the police investigation.

Asiana Flight 214 collided with a rocky seawall just short of its intended airport runway on Saturday. Two people were killed and dozens of others injured although most suffered minor injuries.
Investigators have said the plane came in too low and slow.

Meng Yuan is on the left in the above photo in a picture that also shows the second victim who died in Saturday's crash landing.

Police spokesman Albie Esparza said the truck's driver did not see Meng Yuan because the area was covered in foam.

Esparza said the driver hit her as he moved over to reposition the truck to better battle the flames, adding that the passenger victim was found in tire tracks.

"Without a doubt a fire truck went over the victim," Esparza said.

San Francisco fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said the fire department is still conducting its own internal investigation, but acknowledged that police have confirmed that a fire truck ran over the girl.

Talmadge said fire officials are waiting for the coroner's report  before releasing any details about the case. "Nonetheless it's distressing," she said.

The girl's family arrived in the Bay Area Monday.

A representative from the San Mateo County coroner's office met with them this week and told them that authorities were trying to determine whether the 16-year-old was struck and possibly killed by an emergency vehicle.

Ye and the other girl killed, 16-year-old Wang Lin Jia, were part of a group of Chinese students slated to attend a Southern California school with a group of 35 students in an exchange program.

The program was cancelled following the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which in addition to killing the two girls sent 180 of the plane's passengers to Bay Area hospitals.

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