Plane Crash Victim May Have Been Hit by Rescue Vehicle

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KTLA) — More information was emerging on Monday about two teenage girls from China who were killed in the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco.

One of the victims may have been run over by an emergency vehicle, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.


Ye Mengyuan, left, and Wang Linjia, right (Picture from Chinese social media site Weibo)

The flight, which had 307 people on board, originated in Shanghai, China and had stopped in Seoul, South Korea.

The Boeing 777 crashed as it prepared to land at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Two passengers were killed, and 182 people were sent to the hospital. An additional 123 people escaped injury.

Nineteen people were still in the hospital on Monday, officials said.

The impact of the plane hitting the ground was so severe and sudden that some suffered chest or spinal fractures, head trauma and abdominal injuries.

Two patients were paralyzed, and many were facing a long recovery, doctors said.

Authorities identified the two passengers who died as Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, both 16.

They were apparently close friends from the same town in eastern China and were sitting next to each other at the rear of the plane.

The girls were part of a group of 35 students who were heading to a summer church camp at West Valley Christian School, located in West Hills.

They were scheduled to arrive on Tuesday and stay for three weeks, according to a post on the school’s website.

The girls’ bodies were found on the tarmac, according to officials.

One was believed to have been ejected from the plane. The body of the other was found near an emergency slide.

San Francisco fire officials said that she may have been hit by an emergency rig in the chaos after the crash, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine how she died, Foucrault said.

The girls attended the same middle school in China, and classmates gathered on Monday to light candles, pray and remember them.

The West Valley Christian Church planned to hold a prayer vigil on Thursday, July 11, at 7 p.m.

The congregation was collecting gift cards to pay for missing items in luggage. Donations can be dropped off at the church and school offices.

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