Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese hospitalised after car accident

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese hospitalised after car accident

Federal ALP leader Anthony Albanese has been hospitalised following a ‘serious’ car accident in Sydney’s inner west this evening.

The smash happened near his home in Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner west, about 5pm.

The 57 year-old federal Labor leader was driving along Hill St in Marrickville when the front of his Toyota Camry and a Range Rover collided, according to NSW Police.

“Police have been told the male driver of a Range Rover aged 17 was travelling west on Hill St when it struck the Toyota,” a Police spokeswoman said.

“The driver of the Toyota, a man aged 57, was treated at the scene before being taken to Royal Prince Alfred in a stable condition.

“Inquiries are continuing.”

Mr Albanese, who was alone in the car at the time, was not seriously injured but left “badly shaken” following the collision, a witness said.

A spokesman for his office said the Opposition Leader was taken to hospital as a precaution for assessment and X-rays, and it was unclear whether he would have to spend the night there.

Images of the crash circulating online revealed the crumpled bonnet of Mr Albanese’s black Toyota Camry as well as shots of him standing near an ambulance.

While the crash is still being investigated it’s believed Mr Albanese is not at fault.

Local resident Nikoleta Kastanis, who arrived on the scene just after the accident, told The Saturday Telegraph the crash was “serious”.

“I was driving in the area and trying to get onto Hill St and it was chaotic, police directing traffic away and ambulances everywhere,” Ms Kastanis said.

“I didn’t know it was (Albanese) at first, until he got out of the car the paramedics came and checked him out… he seemed really shaken up, he could walk but he just seemed totally in shock as they were trying to get him inside the ambulance.”