Road accident on Delhi-Chandigarh highway kills four powerlifting players

Delhi: 4 athletes killed in road accident on Panipat highway, two weightlifters injured, say reports

The athlete, Saksham Yadav, 28, who was admitted in an "extremely critical" condition at the AIIMS Trauma Centre here succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening.

The victims were in a Swift DZire and were driving along the Delhi-Panipat National Highway when the accident occurred at about 4 am in the vicinity of Alipur village, which lies close to the Singhu border that divides Delhi and Haryana.

According to primary investigation, the auto in which these athletes were travelling hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway.

DCP (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta said the deceased have been identified as Tikamchand alias Tinka (27), Saurabh (18), Yogesh (24) and Harish Roy (20).

Yadav had recently won a gold medal in the 2017 powerlifting championship for the country in Moscow.

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

Yadav and the other injured weight-lifter were rushed to the Max Hospital in New Delhi's Shalimar Bagh for treatment. The athlete had sustained grievous head injuries and severe internal bleeding.

Doctor said that he died at 6:38 pm of a cardiac arrest. "They were celebrating Rohit's birthday on Saturday and had gone to Karnal (in Haryana)", the officer said.

The vehicle, the athletes were travelling in, first hit a road divider before crashing into an electric police, police said. Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was shattered.

The accident took place when the weightlifters were returning to Delhi.

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