SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) — 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 on Friday.
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.
She said she has reached out to the girl's family through the consulate and wants to meet them.
Investigators believe the teenager was on the ground and not standing up when she was struck, Hayes-White said.