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‘Sack the lot’ – outrage after car smash selfies

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An investigation has been launched after grinning firefighters and paramedics posed for a selfie – yards from a car smash.

Police tweeted the snap following the four car crash on the A171 on Tuesday morning in which two people were rushed to hospital with injuries.

The ‘selfies’, tweeted along with pictures of damaged vehicles, were branded “disrespectful” and “crass” on Facebook.

Some people called for the group to be sacked.

The crash happened between Whitby and Scarborough, with commuters complaining of “miles of traffic” following the accident at Pond Hill.

Two people were taken to hospital for treatment for a range of injuries, including burns from the air bag.

One of the injured motorists had to return to the hospital on Wednesday morning due to the severity of his injuries.

Justin Candlish was in the orange van pictured in the snaps and claims a ‘selfie’ was the last thing on his mind. But he added: “It was a bad crash and the services did a great job”.

Facebook user Sam Hoyle also defended paramedics, adding: “If taking a harmless photo gets them through the day then they deserve to be able to do it.”

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue area manager Dave McCabe said: “We will be carrying out an investigation into this occurrence and are, therefore, unable to comment further at this time.”

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service said it was treating the incident “very seriously”, and the snapped staff were given a “reminder” over the trust’s social media policy regarding the tweets, accompanied with the hashtag #professionalsatwork.

A recent probe revealed two officers from North Yorkshire Police, which tweeted the picture, quit after they were investigated for social media misuse.

And a force spokesperson said that the officer who took the picture has apologised.

They added: “The officers had dealt with the collision and were waiting for the recovery vehicles.”

 

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