5 national-level powerlifters killed in road mishap

Faith Castro
January 8, 2018

The private vehicle carrying the six athletes crashed with a road divider, after its driver lost control over the steering, on the road and turned turtle near Alipur village around 4:00am.

In a tragic incident, four national-level powerlifting players from Delhi lost their lives after the auto they were riding hit a road divider and crashed into a pole near the Sindhu Border on Delhi-Panipat Highway today morning.

Four powerlifting players from Delhi were killed when the vehicle they were in hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway today morning.

The four lifters - Tikamchand, Saurabh, Yogesh and Harish Roy - were rushed to the Raja Harishchandra Hospital, but were declared "dead on arrival". Saksham Yadav (28), who died in the evening at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences trauma center, had won a gold medal in the 2017 weightlifting championship.

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

"Saksham's condition is extremely critical as he has severe head injuries".

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Doctor said that he died at 6:38 pm of a cardiac arrest.

According to reports, the impact of the hit was so high that the auto rolled over several times before crashing into the pole.

The auto, according to the official, first hit a divider and then crashed into an electric pole.

"All the deceased and injured are from Haryana and stayed in different places in (north) Delhi's Timarpur area".

Police said that they were driving towards Karnal in Haryana after the birthday celebrations of one of the occupants of the vehicle. Yadav was driving the silver Swift DZire on a highway leading to Karnal, Haryana, and crashed around 4am, police said.

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