5 national-level powerlifters killed in road mishap

  • 5 national-level powerlifters killed in road mishap

5 national-level powerlifters killed in road mishap

Four powerlifting players were killed and two others were injured in a tragic road accident. Among the injured is Saksham Yadav, who bagged the gold medal for India at the World Weightlifting Championships in 2017. The accident took place when the weightlifters were returning to Delhi.

Police said the presence of empty liquor bottles in the auto suggests drunken driving, even as adverse weather conditions and dense fog, which had made visibility hard, could have also played a part in the mishap.

"The impact of crash was so severe that the vehicle rolled over several times with its roof getting completely blown off, before hitting a pole and killing four of them on the spot". The second survivor was identified as 23-year-old Rohit.

Of the six, only Rohit, whose birthday was celebrated, survived.

The private vehicle carrying the six athletes crashed with a road divider, after its driver lost control over the steering, on the road and turned turtle near Alipur village around 4:00am.

The cops rushed to the spot and found that one Maruti Swift met with an accident near a petrol pump while going towards Haryana's Karnal when they were celebrating Rohit's birthday.

Police are also probing the angle of drunken driving.

The injured are undergoing treatment.

Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav and the other player identified as Bali have been admitted to Max Hospital in north Delhi's Shalimar Bagh. The deaths have come as huge blow to the families of the deceased.