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Asiana plane crash: 7 remain in critical condition, hospitals say

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Seven people involved in the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 remained in critical condition Monday afternoon, hospitals treating the crash victims said.

One of the two patients that was listed in critical condition at Stanford Hospital has been upgraded to serious, a spokesman with the hospital said. Meanwhile, six patients, including one child, remained in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital as of Monday at 11 a.m.

Two 16-year-old girls from China were found dead on the tarmac after the crash. Asiana Airlines identified the victims as Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan. The two were part of a student group from Jiangshan Middle School in China's eastern Zhejiang province, according to Chinese media reports.

One of the victims was seemingly ejected from the plane when it struck a sea wall near the runway and broke apart. The other was found near the wreckage of the plane, San Mateo County Coroner Robert J. Foucrault said Sunday.

A rescue apparatus may have “contacted” a victim on the tarmac, a San Francisco Fire Department official acknowledged at a news conference Monday.

Officials said more than 180 people were injured in the crash.   

San Francisco General Hospital said they treated 62 patients, who suffered complications including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, abdominal injuries, internal bleeding, road rash and fractures.

A total of 17 patients remained in beds as of Monday afternoon, including those listed in critical condition. No patients remain in the emergency department, a statement said.

Stanford Hospital saw a total of 55 patients, but a spokesman said that only 10 patients remained Monday afternoon and that the number could decrease as the day continutes.

All seven minors admitted to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital over the weekend were released by Sunday evening.


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