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

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

Two other players in the vehicle, including a world champion who bagged the title for India in Moscow in 2017, were seriously injured.

Five national-level powerlifters, including Saksham Yadav, who had bagged a gold medal for India at the World Weightlifting Championships past year, lost their lives while another was critically injured when their speeding auto lost control and rammed into a pole near Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border Sunday morning. The accident took place when the weightlifters were returning to Delhi. The cause of the accident is said to be dense fog that continues to blanket Delhi-NCR amid the intensifying cold wave conditions.

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The vehicle followed through and then hit an electric pole.

Tikamchand, Saurabh, Yogesh, Harish Roy were taken to Raja Harishchandra Hospital where they were declared brought dead while the other two Saksham and Rohit were seriously injured.

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

"The incident came to light after we received information from passerby regarding accident near Singhu Border at around 4.14 am on Sunday". Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was shattered. Yadav was driving the silver Swift DZire on a highway leading to Karnal, Haryana, and crashed around 4am, police said. 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. Families of the deceased players were seen mourning their loss.

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