If it's true that an emergency vehicle struck one of the victims of the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at SFO Saturday, it will be an unspeakable tragedy -- all the more so in light of the heroism clearly shown by many first responders to this disaster, including firefighters, police officers and medical crews who braved fire, smoke and leaking fuel to rescue passengers from the burning Boeing 777.

As responderss told their stories at a press conference Monday morning, it was impossible to watch and listen unmoved. Some still were choked with emotion two days later, their accounts as inspiring as they were chilling. Mercurynews.com stories continue to reveal insights into what happened from the perspective of passengers and others, and these first-hand reports of men and women who had approached the burning aircraft cold add another dimension. They undoubtedly saved lives of passengers trapped in the plane.

Chrissy Emmons  of the San Francisco Fire Department spoke at a press conference Monday morning July 8, 2013, describing the scene he faced one of the
Chrissy Emmons of the San Francisco Fire Department spoke at a press conference Monday morning July 8, 2013, describing the scene he faced one of the first fire units to reach the crashed Asiana Airlines jet scene on Saturday at San Francisco International Airport. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

The tragic deaths of two teen-age girls ejected from the craft are somehow more poignant because nearly everyone else escaped with their lives, more than 100 with no real unjuries, although some others may be left paralyzed and otherwise scarred. Still, that the death toll remains at two is amazing, given the videos of the crash and the description of what emergency crews confronted minutes after it happened.

From an air traveler's perspective, this crash was everyone's nightmare: No real sign of trouble and then, seconds before landing, the realization that things had gone terribly wrong and life itself might be over. For two 16-year-olds, it was.

We can only hope that if one of the girls was hit by a rescue vehicle, it did not cause her death. If it did, there will be another victim of the crash: The driver will never be the same.