4 powerlifters killed, world champion Saksham Yadav injured in Delhi vehicle crash

Posted January 08, 2018

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

Four players died while Yadav and another weightlifter were seriously injured.

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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 other occupants of the automobile - Saksham and Rohit - were subsequently referred to Max Hospital's Shalimar Bagh branch in Delhi from where they were further sent to AIIMS as they continue to receive treatment.

Doctor said that he died at 6:38 pm of a cardiac arrest. Yadav with severe head injuries and internal bleeding was later shifted to the trauma centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where he succumbed to his injuries. While Rohit, one of the victims who suffered grievous injuries was taken to LNJP Hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger. "They were celebrating Rohit's birthday on Saturday and had gone to Karnal (in Haryana)", the officer said. The possibility of drunken driving has also not been ruled out.

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According to reports, the impact of the hit was so high that the vehicle rolled over several times before crashing into the pole.

Locals and eyewitnesses told the police that the impact of the collision with the electric pole was such that the roof of the auto was torn off as it rolled across the highway before coming to a halt.

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