Mayhem as SUV smashes into a Muslim fashion shop injuring 12 people in western Sydney – with video showing smoke billowing from vehicle before it drove across intersection straight into the store
- A Subaru crashed into Hijab House in Greenacre at around 3.10pm Thursday
- The car had previously crashed into another vehicle stopped at the inteesection
- Thick smoke billowed from the front of the Subaru while stopped at a red light
- The Subaru then appeared to accelerate into the shop’s glass window
- Twelve people have been injured, but none are in a critical condition
Twelve people have been injured after a smoking van smashed into a Muslim clothing shop in Sydney’s southwest.
A Subaru SUV slammed into Hijab House on Waterloo Road and Juno Parade in Greenacre just after 3pm on Thursday.
Police said the car had previously crashed into another vehicle stopped at the traffic lights, before driving into the store.
Video taken by a bystander showed thick smoke billow from the front of the Subaru while stopped at a red light.
Twelve people have been injured after a van driver smashed into a shop in Sydney’s southwest
A Subaru SUV slammed into Hijab House on Waterloo Road and Juno Parade in Greenacre just after 3pm on Thursday
The driver was trapped in the car and had to be freed by emergency crews, while 11 pedestrians were injured
The Subaru then appeared to accelerate across the crowded intersection before ploughing into the shop’s glass windows.
The male driver was trapped in the car and had to be freed by emergency crews, while 11 pedestrians were injured.
‘The male driver and 11 pedestrians have been injured. They are currently being treated at the scene; however, their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening,’ police said in a statement.
Dozens of paramedics, firefighters, police, more than nine ambulances and a specialist medical team remain on the scene.
Two people have been taken to Liverpool Hospital and up to seven others are being treated for leg injuries at the scene.
Ambulance NSW said 12 people have been injured – including the driver
Smoke billowed from the SUV before it careered across the intersection and into the shop front
John Makhlouf, who owns a nearby petrol station, said he saw a car career through the intersection and into the shop.
‘I saw a lot of smoke and heard a beeping horn. One car got pushed out of the way and the other car went straight into the shop and crashed and you could hear the horn constantly beeping,’ he told the ABC.
‘It’s very lucky there was no one standing on the corner or crossing at the lights because they would have been hit.’
A worker at the Al Aseel restaurant next door said ‘police and ambulances were everywhere’.
‘There are police and ambulances everywhere. We couldn’t understand anything that was going on when it happened, it drove right through the shop,’ he told The Guardian.
Police have blocked off Boronia Road between Waterloo Rd and Noble Ave, while Waterloo Road is closed northbound.
Drivers are being advised to avoid the area.
NSW Police are asking for witnesses or anyone with CCTV to contact them.
More to come.
Paramedics, nine ambulances and a specialist medical team remain on the scene