One dead, nine injured after car ploughs into coffee shop_1


A woman has died and nine others have been injured after a car driven by an 89-year-old ploughed into a cafe in Sydney's north-west on Friday morning.

The group of 10 women were sitting outside Cafe Si:Zac on Malton Road in North Epping about 10am on Friday, when a car drove through a garden and into their table.

Police said the group had just finished the morning school drop-off at North Epping Public School, and were meeting to catch up over coffee.
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A 40-year-old woman was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition. She died soon after.

Nine others were treated at the scene, with four of them taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Detective Inspector Mark Christie said the situation was "just awful".

"It was obviously a horrendous and chaotic scene," he told the ABC.

"This appears to be quite a close-knit community, it's just a small local cafe at a local shopping centre. I imagine a lot of people would know each other."

NSW Police on Friday said the driver was an 89-year-old man. He had been interviewed and taken to Ryde Hospital for mandatory testing.

The NSW Police crash investigation unit remained on the scene on Friday afternoon as investigations continued.

-with AAP