According to Chinese news outlet Xinhua, a jeep slammed into a guardrail of the Jinshui Bridge around noon in China.
The car burst into flames shortly after the crash, which caused a panic in the popular tourist center. Five people were killed, including a tourist from the Philippines and a man from another province in China.
The three people inside the vehicle also died in the crash.
More than two dozen other tourists and visitors were injured according to police that rushed to the scene following the crash near the moat of the Forbidden City.
Police, government officials and representatives from China’s Ministry of Public Security arrived at the crash site to investigate the cause of the deadly incident to determine if it was accidental or possibly an attack.
Tiananmen Square has had several controversial, which makes the crash slightly suspicious.
Most recently, three people lit themselves and a car on fire in protest just east of the square in 2009. It was uncertain the motive for the protest.
Two people were pulled from the car in 2009 with life threatening injuries.
In the late 1980s, protestors for democracy in the communist country took over the square. Military drove the protestors out in a violent breakup using tanks and physical force.
Pictures of the jeep crash have been censored by the Chinese government in many blogs and publications.