A 13-year-old girl is in a stable condition in hospital after she was injured by a speeding car that slammed into a shop in Sydney’s west.
Police have released the 51-year old driver, who was taken to hospital in handcuffs after ploughing a four-wheel-drive into the shop.
The speeding car slammed into Hijab House, the incredible scene unfolding in front of panicked shoppers.
Shocked onlookers filmed as smoke billowed from the tyres of the Mitsubishi SUV as it revved its engine at a set of traffic lights and rammed the car in front before suddenly speeding through the intersection and into the shop.
Multiple videos show chaos as the car mounted the footpath and slammed into the shop, with mayhem following as people rushed to treat the injured.
9News understands the driver is a 51-year-old man who is known to police for other traffic offences.
He was taken in handcuffs to Liverpool Hospital for further assessment and also underwent mandatory testing, NSW Police said in a statement this morning.
“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.”
Police are continuing to investigate and have called for witnesses, especially anyone with dashcam footage.
“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.”
A total of fourteen people were treated at the scene before being taken to Liverpool, Bankstown, and Canterbury hospitals for a range of non-life-threatening injuries.
The injuries included fractures, and all are “lucky to be alive”, NSW Ambulance spokeswoman Caitlin Murphy told 9News.
She said there was a large crowd of people at the crash site and several were treated for shock and distress.
Multiple people were carried from the shop on stretchers, some wearing neck braces.
Video also showed multiple clothing racks pulled out on the footpath to make room for emergency services.
Dozens of emergency crews were called to the area and a police crime scene has been established.