October 28, 2013
Three people were killed and 11 injured when a jeep ploughed through a crowd, crashed and caught fire in central Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the site of a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in 1989.
Police evacuated and sealed off the square, which lies across a broad thoroughfare from the main gate of the Forbidden City, soon after the vehicle crashed at around noon on Monday. A police officer at its north-east corner told a crowd of flustered tourists that there was an “activity” in the square and that it would be closed indefinitely.
Three people in the jeep – a driver and two passengers – died in the crash, according to Xinhua, China’s official newswire. The 11 injured people, who included “many tourists and police on duty” according to Xinhua, have been taken to nearby hospitals. The reasons for the crash are still unknown.
Pictures of the crash were posted online but quickly deleted by internet censors. One showed the charred shell of a four-wheel-drive engulfed in flames on the pedestrian walkway between the square and the Forbidden City, below a large portrait of Mao Zedong. Another one, taken at a distance, showed a plume of grey smoke rising above the historic imperial palace’s high red walls.
This article was posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:43 am