Thursday, 18 January, 2018

4 powerlifters killed in auto accident in outer Delhi

Delhi 4 athletes killed in road accident on Panipat highway two weightlifters injured say reports Google maps
Jerome Frank | 08 January, 2018, 04:09

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

Saksham had won a gold medal in the junior category in 2016 and one in the senior category in 2017 in the world championships. The possibility of drunken driving has also not been ruled out.

The injured players include powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav and another player identified as Bali. The cause of the accident is said to be dense fog that continues to blanket Delhi-NCR amid the intensifying cold wave conditions.

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

Preliminary police inquiry had revealed that the mishap happened around 4 am when the driver of the auto in which the six men were travelling lost control over the speeding vehicle and crashed into a divider near a petrol pump.

All the six athletes were taken to the Raja Harish Chandra hospital by a PCR team where four of them were declared dead on arrival.

Four powerlifting players were killed and two others injured seriously Sunday after a vehicle they were travelling in hit road divider and crashed into a roadside pole, police said.

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. However, it is yet to be fully established.

Police said the players who died in the accident have been identified by their first names as Harish, Tikamchand and Suraj, while the fourth person's identity is not known yet.

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