Injured weightlifter dies, toll reaches five in Narela accident

08 January, 2018, 04:07 | Author: Keith Rowe
  • 4 powerlifters killed, world champion Saksham Yadav injured in Delhi car crash

The players met with the accident at 4 am at a place called Alipur village near Singhu border.

Five national-level weightlifters were killed, including a world champion, when the auto in which they were travelling met with an accident in dense fog early on Sunday, police said.

According to primary investigation, the vehicle in which these athletes were travelling hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway.

Tikamchand, Saurabh, Yogesh, Harish Roy were taken to Raja Harishchandra Hospital where they were declared brought dead while the other two Saksham and Rohit were seriously injured. Saksham was travelling with four other powerlifters who died on spot. A sixth weightlifter (19) was battling for life.

The injured were admitted to the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh in New Delhi.

Doctor said that he died at 6:38 pm of a cardiac arrest. Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was blown away.


Police said that they were driving towards Karnal in Haryana after the birthday celebrations of one of the occupants of the auto.

The police are investigating if it is a case of drunken driving since some liquor bottles were found in the vehicle.

From prima facie, it appeared that the auto was being driven at a very high speed and it being probed whether it was a case of drunken driving as some liquor bottles were found in the vehicle.

According to the Times of India, the vehicle lost control while overtaking another auto, following which, it rammed into a pole and overturned.

The accident took place on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway.

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