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A British mum only found out her daughter had flipped her car when she noticed a picture of the vehicle in a police officer's Facebook post.
After flipping the car whilst driving on an icy road in Wiltshire, luckily Georgia Oak emerged from the accident unscathed.
Although she was eager to tell her mum what had happened, the Salisbury Police officers got there first by posting a smiling selfie with the overturned car in the background.
The image was captioned: "Some photos just don't need any words. Many warnings to drive safely today and thankfully nobody hurt in this incident."
Oak was evidently fuming over the way her mum found out about the crash and replied to the post, saying, "It's my car and yes I am OK. But this is how my mum found out I was in a crash. I really appreciate how they helped and how quick they were to be there."
In response, the force said: "I'm sorry your mum found out this way, but we were careful to not identify you or your car in this post and emphasise that nobody was hurt. Cars can be replaced: people can't."
"As you will understand, the photo was not taken until they had dealt with the emergency and has been used to highlight the dangers on the roads in these conditions.
"The post has helped circulate the message of safety quickly - social media used positively to get the message out.
"If it prevents someone getting hurt in similar circumstances then it was worth it. I hope you get the support from your insurance and are safely back on the road soon."
Although Oak was totally cool after the explanation, the post provoked a string of comments including several users who criticised the force for their choice of pic.
David Woolatt wrote: "I feel sure if I was to take a selfie smiling with an upturned car in the background the police would suggest that I move along."
Meanwhile, Lou-lou Jonesy said: "For most people it would be very inappropriate to take selfies at work. Why do police feel the need to constantly take photos of themselves?"
The force have since taken down the selfie and issued a statement that wrote: "We hope those involved have recovered from the ordeal and we would like to continue to re-emphasise our message - please stay at home and do not make any journey during these conditions unless absolutely crucial."
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