‘Trying to control the pain’: Anthony Albanese released from hospital after car crash

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will continue to be treated for a series of internal and external injuries suffered in a serious car accident in Sydney after he was discharged from hospital on Saturday afternoon.

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese, with girlfriend Jodie Haydon and son Nathan, leaves Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after being hospitalized overnight after he was in a car crash in Marrickville yesterday. Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

The Labor leader also confirmed he would abandon plans to travel to Canberra on Sunday as scheduled, due to the "ongoing assistance" he would require as an outpatient from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown.

"There is pain in my neck, my back … and there is some swelling of some of my internals," he said, noting he still had issues from a previous serious car accident in the 1980s.

"Part of the recovery is just trying to control the pain. It's expected the next 24 hours will not be terribly comfortable for me."

Mr Albanese was driving home in the inner west suburb of Marrickville on Friday evening when a Range Rover ploughed into his Toyota.

The driver of the Range Rover, a 17-year-old P-plater, has since been issued with an infringement notice for negligent driving by police.

Mr Albanese was reluctant to speak about the particulars of the accident due to the possibility of future "legal consequences". However, he revealed that while he was trapped in his vehicle at the scene unable to move, the teenager approached him and apologised for his actions.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s car was badly damaged in Friday’s accident.

"All I know is it showed some character," he said.

"I hope that this experience leads this young man to commit to becoming one of the safest drivers that Australia has ever seen."

The 57-year-old revealed he was on strong pain relief as he fronted the media pack gathered outside the hospital on Saturday afternoon after he was admitted overnight to undergo a battery of tests.

He would have to return to the hospital for further MRI scans, he said.

"Obviously I’ve undertaken pain killers now, which is why I don't want the press conference to go on for too long," he said.

Anthony Albanese was assessed by paramedics on scene and taken to hospital.Credit:Nine News

Mr Albanese thanked the paramedics, police and hospital staff who assisted him, as well as an off-duty nurse who rushed to his aid at the scene.

"[The nurse] certainly gave me a lot of comfort as well as medical advice," Mr Albanese said.

"I was suffering some significant shock due to the nature of the incident."

Mr Albanese said the accident could have been far more serious had it not been for large strides in car safety technology in recent years.

"If this accident was 10 years ago I wouldn’t be speaking to you here," he said.

Mr Albanese said he had been inundated with well-wishes over the past 24 hours, including from parliamentary colleagues of all stripes, distant friends and relatives and religious leaders.

The crash occurred on Hill Street, close to Mr Albanese's home in his electorate of Grayndler.

Police have confirmed the 17-year-old driver of the other vehicle was breath tested and returned a negative result,

Mr Albanese said he still intended to be in Canberra for the resumption of parliament and the accident had not dampened his hopes that 2021 would be a better year than 2020.

"I was always very confident I could deal with anything, any of the challenges that 2021 threw up," he said. "After yesterday, I’m not just confident, I’m absolutely certain."

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