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Thu, 21 May, 2020

Teenage girl in hospital and 13 others injured after car slams into clothing store

Teenage girl in hospital and 13 others injured after car slams into clothing store

A 13-year-old girl is in a stable condition in hospital after she was injured by a speeding car that destroyed a shop in Sydney’s west.

Thirteen other people have been discharged from hospital after the crash at Hijab House, a clothing store in Greenacre, just after 3pm.

Police have also released the 51-year-old driver who was taken to hospital in handcuffs after the four-wheel-drive ploughed into the shop.

Shocked onlookers filmed the incident as the four-wheel-drive revved its engine at a set of traffic lights and rammed into the car in front before speeding through the intersection and into the shop.

It’s understood the driver is a 51-year-old man who is known to police for other traffic offences.

"Upon his release from hospital, he was taken to Bankstown Police Station where he was interviewed by officers from the Crash Investigation Unit, and later released," said NSW Police in a statement.

Police are calling on witnesses as they continue to investigate and are asking for anyone with dashcam footage of the incident.

"Quite clearly from the footage, he's pushing the vehicle in front of him quite hard in order to smoke the tyres like that," Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell said last night.

"But what has caused that to happen, I can't say."

14 people were treated at the scene before being taken into hospital for a range of non-life-threatening injuries, with NSW Ambulance spokeswoman Caitlin Murphy confirming that “all are lucky to be alive” after the incident.

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