WATCH: Van Slams Into Shopfront, Missing Mum And Bub By Seconds

A mother and her baby have narrowly escaped tragedy on a shopping strip in Melbourne's east, where a van crashed into a shop front seconds later.

CCTV captured the incident in Mooroolbark on Tuesday morning.

In the vision, a woman is seen pushing a pram moments before a car appears to abruptly crash into another parked van, ploughing it into a local massage parlour.

Just five seconds earlier and it would have almost certainly ended in tragedy.

Watch the vision at the top of this story. 

Witnesses on the busy Manchester Rd strip told 10 News First they heard a loud bang, before two passengers of the vehicle that rammed the van allegedly fled the scene on foot.

A 25-year-old homeless man who was driving the crashed vehicle stayed at the scene, where he was arrested.

He is assisting police with their inquiries, including blood and alcohol testing.

The scene at Manchester Rd in Mooroolbark in Melbourne's east. Image: Google