Newly released videos obtained by CBS News suggest that the 16-year-old girl who was run over by a fire truck and killed after surviving a crash on ill-fated Asiana Airlines Flight 214 might have been visible to rescue workers, contradicting earlier reports that she was covered with fire-extinguishing foam.
Ye Meng Yuan died at San Francisco International Airport in July. One video, shot from a camera attached to an emergency worker's helmet, captures footage of a firefighter shouting warnings about Ye to a driver of a rescue vehicle.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa! Stop, stop, stop! There's a body. ... There's a body right there, right in front of you," the rescue worker told the driver in one video. CBS News said it acquired the footage from someone close to Ye's family.
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In a separate video shot from a rescue vehicle, also obtained by CBS, a rescue worker can be seen directing a truck to go around Ye's body, further implying that Ye, alive at the time according the coroner, was visible.
The video shows about 15 minutes after a fire rig driver was first alerted (to) Ye’s location on the ground, he ran her over. The helmet cam shows another truck also drove over Ye’s body minutes later.
Ye's family has filed a suit against San Francisco. CBS reached out to the San Francisco Fire Department, but was told it wouldn't comment, citing the pending litigation.
Family attorney Justin Green told CBS News that Ye's family wants accountability. “They want to know why weren’t the firefighters trained, why weren’t the supervisors certified and why hasn’t the fire department come clean about what happened?”
Three people died from the crash and its aftermath; 304 survived.