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Coroner: Teen in Asiana crash killed by vehicle

July 19, 2013 • National News


FILE – In this Saturday, July 6, 2013 aerial file photo, a firefighter stands by a tarpaulin sheet covering a body near the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013. On Friday, July 19, 2013, the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office announced that 16-year-old victim, Ye Mengyuan, survived the plane crash only to be run over and killed by a firefighters vehicle. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — As the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 burned, Ye Meng Yuan was lying on the ground just 30 feet away, buried by the firefighting foam rescue workers were spraying to douse the flames.

No one knows exactly how the 16-year-old Chinese student got to that spot, but officials say one thing is clear now: She somehow survived the crash.

And in the chaotic moments that followed — flames devouring the fuselage, those aboard escaping by emergency slides, flight attendants frantically cutting away seat belts to free passengers — a fire truck ran over Yuan, killing her.

The new details — released Friday by the coroner’s office — compounded the tragedy for her family and confirmed the growing suspicions that emergency workers have had since soon after the July 6 crash: One of the three who Login to read more

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