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Sydney driver released after crash into hijab shop

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The scene after Thursday's accident in Boronia Road, Greenacre. Photo: Twitter
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The driver of a station wagon that crashed into a Sydney hijab shop, injuring 14 people, has been released from police custody.

Police say the 51-year-old was taken to Liverpool Hospital and underwent mandatory testing before being taken to Bankstown Police Station.

He was interviewed by officers from the crash investigation unit and later released, police said in a statement early on Friday.

Security footage showed the wagon rear-end another car at traffic lights in Greenacre before racing through a busy intersection into Hijab House.

The incident happened about 3.10pm on Thursday, days out from the end of Ramadan.

The driver was trapped in the car and had to be freed, while 11 pedestrians were injured in the incident.

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Mobile phone and security camera video shows the station wagon pushing a white sedan aside at traffic lights before racing through the intersection and ploughing into the Greenacre store about 3.15pm on Thursday.

Witnesses described the scene as “surreal”.

The male driver, 51, was conscious when arrested and was under police guard in hospital.

“I am aware he has some traffic matters. I’m unable to comment on any medical episode. There’s no information that’s been given to me that there’s been any medical episode,” Assistant Commissioner Peter Thurtell told reporters on Thursday evening.

Three men and eight women –  mostly aged 18 to 30 – inside or near the shop at the time were treated for injuries.

Two people with suspected broken legs were carried out of the smashed shop.

They were all in a stable condition, NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Caitlyn Murphy said.

“Our paramedics were met with a very chaotic scene,” she told reporters.

“There was a large crowd of bystanders who were quite distressed.”

NSW Police said there is no indication the crash was terror-related.

The reason for the crash remains under investigation.

-with agencies