Monday, January 11, 2021

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese taken to hospital after car crash in Sydney | Anthony Albanese


The federal opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, has been taken to hospital after he was involved in a car crash in Sydney’s inner west.

The Labor leader was driving in Marrickville on Friday when he was allegedly “T-boned” by a Range Rover at the intersection of Hill and Glen streets about 5pm.

A spokesman for Albanese said he was recovering from the serious crash. “He was very shaken up by the car accident but he’s OK,” the spokesman said.

The 57-year-old was treated at the scene but taken to Royal Prince Alfred hospital for X-rays.

Photos from the scene show Albanese standing up and talking to paramedics. Albanese was alone in his car and the driver of the other vehicle was not believed to have been hurt.

NSW police said emergency services were called shortly before 5pm following reports a black Range Rover and a grey Toyota Camry had collided.

“Police had been told the male driver of the Range Rover, aged 17, was travelling west along Hill Street when it struck the Toyota,” a police spokesperson said.

Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. “Inquiries are continuing,” the spokesperson said.

Earlier on Friday, the opposition leader had said it was a difficult day for the families of the victims of the Bali bombings after Abu Bakar Bashir was freed from an Indonesian prison.

The 82-year-old is considered the spiritual leader of militant group Jemaah Islamiyah – the Islamist network responsible for the 2002 terrorist attack.

“My heart goes out to all those who will be doing it tough today,” Albanese said. “The Australian government … I’m sure are making strong representations to make sure that the closest eye is kept on this bloke to make sure that his activities don’t further the, quite frankly, catastrophic human consequences of his ideological position.”

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