Probe launched after ‘selfie’ at car crash site

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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 rush hour crash on the A171 on Tuesday morning, in which two people were rushed to hospital with injuries.

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

Some even called for the group, which included Scarborough footy legend Darren Foreman, to be sacked.

The four-car crash happened on the A171 between Scarborough and Whitby, with commuters complaining of “miles of traffic” following the accident at Pond Hill just after 9am.

It’s since been confirmed that at least 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.

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 that the snapped staff have now been given a “reminder” over the trust’s social media policy regarding the tweets, which were 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.”