Opposition Leader Bill Shorten comforted a mother and child involved in a head-on smash for nearly half an hour, after their car collided with another attempting to overtake the Labor leader’s motorcade near Newcastle just before 1pm.
NSW Police report both the 31-year-old woman and her 2-year-old son were uninjured in the crash. The 21-year-old driver of the other vehicle was taken to John Hunter Hospital with head injuries, but in a stable condition.
Footage taken by journos stationed on the campaign bus shows Shorten sitting in one of the damaged vehicles, shortly after the collision happened in Testers Hollow. SBS journalist Omar Dabbagh also reports Shorten then gave the pair a lift home.
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Shorten has since canceled a planned campaign event in Maitland. Stay safe out there, err’body.