Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

4 powerlifting players killed in road accident in India

4 powerlifting players killed in road accident in India

Mr. Yadav was taken to the Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, in northwest Delhi. The victims were on the Delhi-Panipat highway in a Swift Dzire auto which police believe was being driven at high speed in a drastically reduced visibility due to fog.

The accident took place at around 4 a.m. near Alipur village, close to Delhi's Singhu border with Haryana.

The official said that the driver was speeding despite dense fog in the area.

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The four lifters - Tikamchand, Saurabh, Yogesh and Harish Roy - were rushed to the Raja Harishchandra Hospital, but were declared "dead on arrival".

The injured players include powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav and another player identified as Bali.

The auto followed through and then hit an electric pole. Yadav's associate Baali has severe head injuries. The impact of the accident was so brutal that the roof of the auto was completely blown off.

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Yadav, a resident of Nagloi in north Delhi, won gold for India in powerlifting world championship held in Moscow a year ago. Yadav and his colleague have been admitted to a private hospital.

It was Mr. Rohit's birthday and the friends were celebrating it, the police said.

"Prima facie, the vehicle was at very high speed".

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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 possibility of drunken driving has also not been ruled out. All four weight-lifters were killed in the accident on Delhi-Panipat National Highway-1.

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