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Teen's first driving lesson does not go well

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It may not seem like it now, but one teen will have a first driving story for the ages.


After going a total of 50 feet, the 16-year-old Waltham, Massachusetts, teenager was making a right turn at a stop sign and didn’t straighten the wheel after the turn, causing the car to slowly approach a nearby tree. The right, front tire rode up the tree before flipping the car over.

“It was rather unusual,” Phil O’Dowd, the Waltham police officer who responded to the accident, told ABC News. “The gentleman who was the passenger said it was almost like slow motion, because when they rolled up to the tree they stopped for a second because they weren’t going that fast, and then it just rolled over.”

Four cruisers and two ambulances responded to the call, because overturned cars are usually serious crashes, O’Dowd said. In this case, though, no one was hurt -- except for the driver’s ego.

The story got national attention after the police department tweeted it out. Now everybody knows.

“She was pretty embarrassed,” O’Dowd said. “I told the young lady, to make her feel better, that she would have a great story to tell for the rest of her life. I can’t think of anything to top that.”

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