A car crashed into dozens of people in the south China city of Hengyang, causing at least nine deaths, according to local media.
A video shows dozens of people at the square at the Mishui town panicking as a 4x4 vehicle rams into the crowd.
Video images carried on state media showed several bodies on the ground as bystanders tended to some of them.
An unemployed man, said to be 54-years-old, has been arrested at the scene. He is reported to have a lengthy criminal record.