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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten on Wednesday narrowly avoided a car crash while campaigning for a July general election.

A car carrying Shorten - who is vying to become prime minister - had pulled to the side of a road in Newcastle, 160 km (100 miles) north of Sydney, when another vehicle attempted to overtake a convoy accompanying the Labor leader and hit a third car, reporters travelling with him said.

Two women were treated for injuries, police said.

Shorten was not injured but cancelled campaign events scheduled later in the day.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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