Car runs into crowd at Tiananmen Square
A sport-utility vehicle ran into a crowd in front of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square Monday, killing three people inside the car.
Seattle Times news services
BEIJING — A sport-utility vehicle ran into a crowd in front of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square Monday, killing three people inside the car, Qianlong.com, a website controlled by Beijing’s Communist Party committee, reported.
A number of tourists and police officers were injured, according to the report, which didn’t say how many were hurt.
The incident happened around noon local time in front of the Tiananmen Rostrum, which is at the entrance to the Forbidden City, China’s state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
The subway exits at Tiananmen West and East stations were closed, according to a post on the official microblog of the city’s subway operator. Traffic on Chang’an Avenue, which runs in front of the square, was halted, the city’s transportation department said on its website.
Pictures posted on Sina Corp.’s Twitter-like Weibo service showed a car in flames, bellowing smoke, in front of the Tiananmen gate where the portrait of Mao Zedong is hung.
The square is the site of 1989 pro-democracy protests bloodily suppressed by the government.