Car overturns near Beijing's Tiananmen Square

Screengrab of the overturned car near Tiananmen Square.
Screengrab of the overturned car near Tiananmen Square.PHOTO: YOUTUBE/HONG KONG FREE PRESS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A car crashed and overturned near Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing on Friday (Feb 3), with police saying the driver had lost control on a slippery road and cautioning against the spreading of rumours.

Police said on their official microblog on Friday that the 26-year-old driver had taken responsibility for the accident.

In 2013, a vehicle crashed on the edge of Tiananmen Square, killing five people and injuring dozens in what China said was a planned attack by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a Muslim Uighur separatist group.

Police said the driver, surnamed Zhang, in Friday's accident was a Beijing resident.

Beijing police detained a woman originally from Hebei province and a man from Jilin province suspected of fabricating and spreading false rumours about terrorism on the internet following the car accident, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

Tiananmen Square is at the political and cultural heart of Beijing and security is always tight in the wake of the government's bloody crackdown on student-led protests there in 1989.