Twelve people including a driver have been injured after a car ploughed into a shop in Sydney’s southwest while customers were inside.
Multiple NSW Ambulance crews were called to “reports of a car through a shop front” at Greenacre just before 3.10pm on Thursday, a spokesman told news.com.au.
The shop is Hijab House on Waterloo Rd.
The ambulance spokesman said the specialist medical team helped to assess and treat 12 patients however no one appeared to be in a critical condition.
NSW Police said: “A Subaru SUV crashed into a vehicle stopped at the traffic lights before continuing into a nearby shop.”
“The male driver and 11 pedestrians have been injured,” the force said in a statement shortly after 4pm.
“They are currently being treated at the scene; however, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.”
Later on Thursday, an ambulance spokesman told news.com.au 11 of the 12 people had been taken to hospital – two to Liverpool and the other nine between Canterbury and Bankstown.
He said the patients were men and women.
Vision circulating on social media shows car horns blaring and at least one vehicle with smoke billowing from it before the SUV drives past a white car and appears to accelerate across the intersection and into the shop.
In photographs of the aftermath, glass panes are smashed and the dark red SUV is inside the shop with clothing racks pulled out onto the street and people stepping over rubble to get out.
Witness Rawa Assaad said she had been in the post office two doors down when she heard a “big bang”.
“Came out to witness this red car went straight through Hijab House!” she wrote in a local Facebook group.
Ms Assaad later said “a few women” had been hurt.
A worker at First National Real Estate across the road told The Daily Telegraph the injured people were “mostly girls who were in the shop, some were trying on clothes”.
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A local businessman told news.com.au he wasn’t able to get close to the scene but he could see a large crowd had gathered outside.
Passing customers told him what they saw.
“Basically, there was a car that rammed into the shop front of the corner store,” the businessman said.
“They said there were cars with smoke coming out.”
Boronia Rd is closed between Waterloo Rd and Noble Ave due to the crash and motorists are advised to avoid the area.
GREENACRE: Boronia Rd is closed btwn Waterloo Rd and Noble Ave due to a car crash. Avoid the area. Traffic is heavy.
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