POSTED: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 4:48am
UPDATED: Monday, October 28, 2013 - 4:52am
(CNN) -- — Three people have died after a jeep drove into a crowd and caught fire in Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing on Monday, authorities said.
The crash happened around noon local time in front of the Tiananmen Rostrum, a structure that stands at the entrance to the Forbidden City, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported.
The dead are the driver of the jeep and two passengers, Beijing police said, adding that an unspecified number of injured people had been taken to the hospital.
Photographs circulating on social media showed a vehicle engulfed in flames in Tiananmen Square. CNN wasn't immediately able to verify the authenticity of the images.
The fire has since been put out, police said.
The Tiananmen subway station has been closed, the subway operator said on its official microblog account.