Monday, 24 September, 2018

4 powerlifters killed, world champion Saksham Yadav injured in Delhi vehicle crash

4 powerlifters killed, world champion Saksham Yadav injured in Delhi car crash 4 powerlifters killed in Delhi road crash
Carol Daniels | 08 January, 2018, 04:07

The incident came to light after police received information from passerby regarding the accident near Singhu Border at around 4:14 am on Sunday.

Five national-level powerlifters, including Saksham Yadav, who had bagged a gold medal for India at the World Weightlifting Championships past year, lost their lives while another was critically injured when their speeding auto lost control and rammed into a pole near Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border Sunday morning.

Yadav, along with five other powerlifters, were travelling from Panipat towards Delhi in their Swift Dzire vehicle, when the auto hit a road divider.

A Delhi Police official had identified the rest of the dead as Tikamchand, 27, Yogesh, 24, Harish Roy, 20, and Saurabh, 18.

Saksham Yadav died in the evening at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre here.

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Another weightlifter, Rohit, 19, is battling for life.

The injured were admitted to the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh in New Delhi. The impact of the contact was severe enough to wrench the roof of the auto entirely off.

Police are also probing the angle of drunken driving. All of them were residents of north Delhi's Timarpur.

Locals and eyewitnesses told the police that the impact of the collision with the electric pole was such that the roof of the auto was torn off as it rolled across the highway before coming to a halt. The victims were celebrating a birthday party and some alcohol bottles were found inside the vehicle, police said.

The cops rushed to the spot and found that one Maruti Swift met with an accident near a petrol pump while going towards Haryana's Karnal when they were celebrating Rohit's birthday.

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