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‘The community is shaken’: Ten people hospitalised after car crashes into Sydney Muslim fashion shop

A car is removed from Hijab House after it crashed through the front window Source: AAP

NSW Police say there is no indication an incident that saw a car crash into a Muslim clothing shop in western Sydney, injuring ten people, is terror-related.

A man has been arrested and 10 people are in hospital after a station wagon ploughed through the front of a Muslim fashion shop in western Sydney.

Vision of the incident, posted on social media, shows the car running through an intersection before crashing into Hijab House at the intersection of Waterloo Road and Boronia Road in Greenacre.

NSW Police said at this stage there is no indication the crash is terror-related. 

"This is obviously quite chaotic, with 10 people injured and a couple of people seriously injured," deputy commissioner Peter Thurtell told reporters on Thursday evening.

"At this stage we will do some analysis on what caused it. I am grateful that no-one was killed. Very grateful."

Paramedics treated eight women and four men for injuries at the scene, with 10 people then taken to hospital.

"Paramedics were met with a very chaotic scene. There was a large crowd of bystanders who were quite distressed by what occurred today," NSW Ambulance Inspector Caitlyn Murphy said.

"None of the patients were trapped but some had injuries that required them to be carried out."

The injuries are not life-threatening.

Hijab House said it was lucky nobody was killed in the crash.

"The community is shaken and (Hijab House) management is working to make sense of this tragedy," read a statement posted on Facebook.

"The important thing is everyone is still alive."

The footage shows the station wagon revving its engine before appearing to lose control as it drives through the intersection.

The car had crashed into a vehicle at the traffic lights before crashing into the shop, NSW Police said.

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The driver was a 51-year-old male who is known for traffic matters, NSW Police said.

Police said they were investigating whether the man had suffered a medical episode before the crash. 

The driver, who was not injured in the crash, has been arrested but hasn't been charged. 

NSW Ambulance said most of those injured were women aged between 18 and 30.

Some of the women have leg injuries, NSW Ambulance said.

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