Six people hit as car ploughs into busy Melbourne shopping centre

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A car has crashed into six people after driving into the middle of a busy shopping centre in Melbourne's inner north.

Emergency services were called to Northcote Plaza, on Separation Street, about 10.50am on Thursday after a car drove into the Suzanne Grae clothing store.

The car crashed through the shop and into the middle of the shopping mall, with video footage showing dozens of shoppers inside at the time.

Police said the vehicle struck six pedestrians and the driver, who suffered non life-threatening injuries, is assisting with their inquiries.

Emergency Services at the scene at Northcote Plaza where a car drove into retail shops in Melbourne. Source: AAP
A car has crashed into a busy Melbourne shopping centre, injuring six people with two taken to hospital. Source: AAP

Police said the incident "is not being treated as deliberate".

Paramedics assessed six people at the scene, with four taken to hospital.

A man was treated for upper body injuries and has been taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A man and woman were taken to the same hospital in stable conditions, while a woman was taken to St Vincent's for observation.

Another two people were assessed at the scene, but not taken to hospital.

The shopping centre has been partially evacuated to allow for structural assessment.

The incident comes nearly five years after James Gargasoulas killed six people driving his Holden Commodore through pedestrians on Melbourne's Bourke Street mall.

Emergency Services at the scene where a car drove into retail shops at Northcote Plaza Shopping Centre in Melbourne, Thursday, December 16, 2021. Source: AAP
Police said the incident "is not being treated as deliberate". Source: AAP

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