Car crashes into Melbourne bakery

Four people have been taken to hospital after an elderly driver accidentally reversed into a crowd sitting outside a cafe at a busy shopping centre in Melbourne's north.

It is believed the car, being driven by a man in his eighties, crashed into a group of people seated in an outdoor area in front of Ferguson Plarre bakery on May Road, at around 1.45pm.

Three ambulances, police vehicles and fire crews attended the 'chaotic' scene.

Four people escaped with minor injuries and were taken to hospital in a stable condition, an Ambulance Victoria spokeswoman said.

Two of the injured have been taken to the Northern Hospital, one to the Royal Melbourne while another has been taken to the Austin Hospital.

It is understood the vehicle crossed bollards and a garden bed before striking the crowd in the outdoor seating area.

MFB Acting Commander Roger Chitty said it is extremely lucky there weren't more casualties.

"This area is very, very busy at times and it is extremely lucky that no one has been hurt, and we're very fortunate that no one has been killed."

He said the crash had caused structural damage to the building and crews were working to remove the car.

"We were concerned with the structural damage so we have ensured the building is safe," Acting Commander Chitty said.

The crash comes just two days after an elderly woman smashed her car into a Fitzroy supermarket.

Car crashes into people sitting outside Lalor bakery. Photo: Twitter @_kate_osborn