Four Indian powerlifting players were killed and two others injured as a private vehicle carrying them overturned on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway in Delhi today. Yadav, 28, had won a gold medal in the 2017 weightlifting championship for India. The possibility of drunken driving has also not been ruled out.
The auto, according to the official, first hit a divider and then crashed into an electric pole.
Saksham Yadav died in the evening at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre here. The cause of the accident is said to be dense fog that continues to blanket Delhi-NCR amid the intensifying cold wave conditions.
Such was the impact of the crash that the vehicle - a Maruti Swift Dzire with registration number DL4CAU 9585 - rolled over several times before coming to a stop. "They were celebrating Rohit's birthday on Saturday and had gone to Karnal (in Haryana)", the officer said.
The accident took place near the Singhu border in Alipur police station area in northwest Delhi
"Hearing the loud sound after the crash, locals near the accident spot rushed to the site and tried to pull out the six men from the severely-damaged vehicle".
Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav and another player identified as Bali have been admitted to Max Hospital in north-west Delhi's Shalimar Bagh. The victims were celebrating a birthday party and some alcohol bottles were found inside the auto, police said. All of them were having birthday celebrations.
Police said the players who died in the accident have been identified by their first names as Harish, Tikamchand and Suraj, while the fourth person's identity is not known yet.