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Coroner: San Francisco crash victim might have been run over by fire truck

By Arturo Garcia
Monday, July 8, 2013 10:18 EDT
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Investigators outside Asiana flight 214 [KNTV-TV]
 
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A fire truck may be responsible for the death of one of two teenage girls killed during Saturday’s airliner crash at San Francisco International Airport, KNTV-TV reported on Sunday.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told the station his office should complete autopsies on the two victims by Monday night. But one of their bodies was found near the evacuation slide on the left side of the plane, Asiana Flight 214.

“As it possibly could have happened, based on the injuries sustained, it could have been one of our vehicles that added to the injuries, or another vehicle,” local Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told the San Francisco Chronicle, saying the victim’s injuries were consistent with her being run over. “That could have been something that happened in the chaos. It will be part of our investigation.”

Authorities believe the other victim died from injuries suffered after being ejected from the plane when it crashed into the runway. 180 other people onboard were hospitalized, including 40 who suffered spinal injuries.

The two victims were identified as Ye Meng Yuan and Wang Lin Jia, 16-year-old students on their way to the U.S. from China to visit Stanford University and attend a summer camp at a Christian school in West Hills, California, near Los Angeles.

“It breaks my heart that two 16-year-old girls lost their lives,” Hayes-White told the Chronicle. “I want to make sure that, just for everyone’s closure, that the investigation is complete.”

KNTV also reported that the pilot, Lee Gang-guk, had only logged 43 hours flying a Boeing 777 class aircraft and had never landed one of them at the San Francisco airport before Saturday.

Watch KNTV’s report on the possible causes of death for the crash victims, aired Sunday, below.

View more videos at: http://nbcbayarea.com.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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