Car Smashes Into Hijab Store in Australia, Injuring 12 People

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2020

A male driver has been arrested after crashing his auto into another vehicle and then ploughing into a shop in Sydney's southwest while customers were inside, leaving at least one person with a broken leg.

A Mitsubishi SUV crashed right into a vehicle stopped on the site visitors lights earlier than persevering with into a close-by store.

Most of the injured were women aged between 18 and 36.

He said one person had serious leg injuries and "possibly a second with serious injuries".

The man behind the wheel of a vehicle that sped into a shop in Sydney's west yesterday has been re-arrested.

No charges have been laid.

On Thursday night, Police superintendent Murray Reynolds told 2GB he believed the crash may have been deliberate.

A doctor who worked at a medical centre a few doors away from store said someone had lunged at the driver after the crash. I'm grateful no one was killed'.

In the video captured by a bystander, thick smoke can be seen billowing from the Subaru while it is stopped at the traffic lights.

The Mitsubishi then appeared to accelerate across the crowded intersection before ploughing into the shop's glass windows.

New South Wales Police said in a statement: "The male driver and 11 pedestrians have been injured".

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'The male driver and 11 pedestrians have been injured.

"They're presently being handled on the scene; nonetheless, their accidents aren't believed to be life-threatening". Police immediately set up a security cordon around the scene.

Two patients, including the driver, were taken to Liverpool Hospital and eight others are being treated across Canterbury and Bankstown-Lidcombe hospitals.

There was no initial indication the crash was terrorism-related, according to NSW state police.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell on Tuesday said there doesn't appear to be any link between the driver of the SUV or the driver of the other auto.

Petrol station owner John Makhlouf described to the ABC moments when the auto drove through the intersection.

'I saw a lot of smoke and heard a beeping horn.

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance said paramedics were "met with a very chaotic scene" when they arrived.

The store was particularly busy ahead of Eid al-Fitr this weekend, the festival that marks the end of Ramadan.

"We couldn't understand anything that was going on when it happened, it drove right through the shop", he said.

Boronia Rd is closed between Waterloo Rd and Noble Ave due to the crash and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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