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5 national-level powerlifters killed in road mishap

08 January 2018

"The incident came to light after we received information from passerby regarding accident near Singhu Border at around 4.14 am on Sunday".

Four national-level weight lifters were killed in a road accident on the Delhi-Panipat highway on Sunday, IANS reported.

A Delhi Police official identified the other deceased as Tikamchand, 27, Yogesh, 24, Harish Roy, 20, and Saurabh, 18.

The injured players include powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav and another player identified as Bali. A sixth weightlifter (19) was battling for life.

The injured athletes were admitted at a private hospital in Delhi.

Yadav had suffered multiple head injuries and had first been taken to the Max Super Speciality Hospital before being shifted to AIIMS at 9.30am.

With the fog and smog conditions severely clouding visibility, one must ensure their own safety and that of other's around them on the roads by adhering to speed limits or even going below them to stay safe.

Locals and eyewitnesses told the police that the impact of the collision with the electric pole was such that the roof of the vehicle was torn off as it rolled across the highway before coming to a halt. The impact of the accident was so brutal that the roof of the vehicle was completely blown off. The possibility of drunken driving has also not been ruled out.

Police said that they were driving towards Karnal in Haryana after the birthday celebrations of one of the occupants of 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. The accident took place when the weightlifters were returning to Delhi.

5 national-level powerlifters killed in road mishap