Coroner: Teen in Asiana crash killed by vehicle

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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 1:24 pm | Updated: 2:36 pm, Fri Jul 19, 2013.

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) -- A coroner says a teenager in the Asiana Airlines crash was killed when she was struck by a vehicle at the scene.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault on Friday disclosed the findings of his autopsy on 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, a Chinese student.

Foucralt said she died of multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle. He did not say what that vehicle was.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said officials believe the girl was struck by a specialized fire vehicle.

Authorities confirmed last week that Yuan was hit by a vehicle racing 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.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A coroner plans to reveal Friday whether a Chinese student on board Asiana Flight 214 survived the crash-landing only to be killed accidentally on the runway by a firetruck racing to the wrecked, smoking plane.

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office scheduled a morning news conference to announce the cause and manner of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan's death.

She and her middle school classmate, 16-year-old Wang Linjia, died in the July 6 crash at San Francisco International Airport. The other victim killed, 15-year-old Liu Yipeng, died at a hospital July 12. Dozens of others were injured.

Police and fire officials confirmed last week that Yuan was hit by a firetruck racing to extinguish the blazing Boeing 777. The teenager was on the ground and covered in foam that rescuers had sprayed on the burning wreckage of Flight 214 when she was run over at least once, police said.

Rescuers discovered her body in the tire track when the truck moved while battling the flames, according to police.

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. Yuan and Linjia were seated at the back of the plane, federal investigators have said.

Meanwhile, the probe into the crash itself continues. Investigators have said the plane came in too low and too slow, clipping its landing gear and then its tail on a rocky seawall just short of the runway.

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