28 October 2013
Last updated at 02:50 ET
Police set up barriers at Tiananmen Square after the vehicle crashed
Chinese state media say three people have died after a vehicle crashed in Tiananmen Square in the capital, Beijing.
Several others, including tourists, were also reported injured in the incident, Xinhua news agency said.
The square was evacuated after the vehicle “went into the crowd in front of the Tiananmen rostrum” at midday, the agency said.
Images posted online showed a vehicle in flames, amid barricades.
The sports utility vehicle crashed into a stone bridge near and entrance to the Forbidden City, state media said.
The three people who died were the driver of the vehicle and two passengers, Xinhua said.
There has been no explanation so far about the cause of the crash.
Tiananmen Square was the scene of pro-democracy protests in 1989.
It is generally kept under tight security both because of its proximity to key political institutions and so that is does not serve as a hub for protesters and petitioners.
But there are periodic incidents nonetheless. In 2011, a man set himself on fire at Tiananmen Square following what officials said was a legal dispute, close to the square’s portrait of Chairman Mao.