SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco fire officials acknowledged today that one of their trucks rushing to the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport may have run over one of the two teenage girls killed in the accident.
Autopsy results determining whether her death was caused by a rescue vehicle or the plane crash are pending.
"One of our fire apparatus may have come into contact with one of our two victims who was at the scene," Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said during a news conference. "I assure you we are looking closely at this."
An unidentified family member of one of two Chinese students killed in a crash of an Asiana Airlines' plane on Saturday, cries Monday at the airline's counter as she and other family members check in for a flight to San Francisco, at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China.
The body of the girl who might have been struck was found on the left side of the aircraft about 30 feet away from where the Boeing 777 came to rest after it skidded down the tarmac, said San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault.
The girl was not far from an emergency slide, he said. The other body was found on the runway near where the plane's tail broke off upon impact, he said. The coroner said both girls were pronounced dead at the airport.
Foucrault said senior San Francisco Fire Department officials notified him and his staff at the crash site Saturday that one of the two Chinese girls killed in the crash might have been struck on the runway.
"We were made aware of the possibility at the scene that day," Foucrault said, adding that he did not get a thorough look at the victims on Saturday to know if they had external injuries.
The teenagers' families are expected to arrive in San Francisco today, and they will receive the autopsy results before they are made public, Foucrault said.