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Officers praised for helping man whose car ignited and rammed into Sydney police station

9News.com.au 9News.com.au 21/07/2016

Police officers have been praised for coming to the aid of a driver who had rammed a burning car into the underground carpark of the Merrylands Police Station in Sydney's west.

Police saw the man parked in the car in the driveway of the police station about 7pm and as they approached him the interior of the car ignited.

The man then drove the car down the driveway and hit the roller shutter door underneath the station.

The man was unconscious as police extinguished the flames and pulled him from the car.

He was arrested and has been taken to hospital with serious burns.

NSW Emergency services personnel outside the Merrylands Police Station after a man drove into the station with a car full of gas cylinders. © AAP Image/Sam Mooy NSW Emergency services personnel outside the Merrylands Police Station after a man drove into the station with a car full of gas cylinders.

Police said they were still trying to establish the man's identity and did not yet know the motive behind his actions.

They said there was no indication it was terror-related and violent extremism was not one of their lines of inquiry.

"The officers were very, very brave. They have approached the vehicle, I understand the vehicle still had an amount of accelerant, fuel perhaps, in the vehicle. They've approached there to try and save this person's life so they've been very heroic in what they've done," a NSW Police spokesman told reporters in Sydney this evening.

Police have established a perimeter around the scene while bomb disposal officers examine the vehicle.

No members of the public or police officers were injured.

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