Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Four powerlifters died in a road accident caused due to dense fog

Four powerlifters died in a road accident caused due to dense fog

National-level powerlifter Saksham Yadav on Sunday evening died after he sustained grievous head injuries following an accident near the Singhu Border in outer Delhi's Alipur area.

Yadav, a resident of Nagloi in north Delhi, won gold for India in powerlifting world championship held in Moscow a year ago. Yadav was driving the silver Swift DZire on a highway leading to Karnal, Haryana, and crashed around 4am, police said.

Locals informed police officials that the auto was being driven at a very high speed and the driver lost control when he was trying to overtake another vehicle and rammed into a roadside pole due to which it overturned.

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A Delhi Police official identified the other deceased as Tikamchand, 27, Yogesh, 24, Harish Roy, 20, and Saurabh, 18. The impact of the accident was so brutal that the roof of the auto was completely blown off. All of them were residents of north Delhi's Timarpur.

A senior police officer said the speed of the auto was very high, adding there were some bottles around and the possibility of drink driving can not be ruled out.

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

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. When their attempt failed due to the damage to the vehicle, they informed the Police Control Room.

The two injured players were taken to Narela's Satyawadi Raja Harishchadra Hospital from where they were referred to Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh.

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"Prima facie, the vehicle was at very high speed". Some liquor bottles were found in the auto. However, it is yet to be fully established.

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