Rescuer Who Hit Asiana Flier Was Told 'There's a Body'

Video: Emergency workers discussed Asiana victim Ye Meng Yuan
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2014 7:27 AM CST

Video obtained this week by CBS News and released for the first time shows that Ye Meng Yuan, the 16-year-old who survived the Asiana Airlines crash landing in San Francisco only to be run over and killed by a fire truck, was in fact spotted by rescuers before she was run over. The video, some of which comes from a firefighter's helmet and some of which comes from the fire truck, shows that multiple emergency workers saw the teen's body. A firetruck driver was heard being warned, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, stop, stop, stop. There's a body right there, right in front of you." Fifteen minutes later, he ran her over, with video showing a second truck did the same soon after.

Her parents are suing the city over her death, and "this makes it clear that several members of the Fire Department responding team knew she was there, did nothing to help her, never examined her, and then abandoned her in a position where she was in peril," their attorney tells the San Francisco Chronicle. "They left her in a perilous position, covered her with foam and then ran her over." It's still unknown how Yuan got off the plane. (More Ye Meng Yuan stories.)

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