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Driver in custody after car slams into shopfront

Driver in custody after car slams into shopfront
A driver has been arrested after a four-wheel-drive slammed into a shopfront in Sydney's west, injuring 12 people.
The car crashed at speed into Hijab House, a clothing store at the corner of Juno Parade and Waterloo Road in Greenacre, just after 3pm today.
Video from the scene shows the Mitsubishi SUV revving at a set of traffic lights and ramming the car in front before appearing to lose control and speed through a red light into the shop.
A car has crashed into the Hijab House in Greenacre in Sydney's west. (Supplied)
Dozens of emergency services are on the scene. (9News)
The driver and 11 other people were treated for injuries at the scene before being taken to three different hospitals.
"Twelve patients, eight women and four men, were treated for injuries including fractures and are all 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.
Greenacre car crashes into shopfront. (9News)
9News understands the driver is a 51-year-old man who is known to police for other traffic offences.
He was taken to Liverpool Hospital in handcuffs and will be interviewed by police after he is treated by doctors.
"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.
"But what has caused that to happen, I can't say."
Multiple people were pulled from the shop on stretchers, some wearing a neck brace.
The car slammed into a car, then ploughed at speed into a shop in Greenacre. (Twitter/Nine)
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.
A heavy police presence remains at the scene tonight and nearby roads are shut to traffic.