Powerlifter among 5 dies in Delhi road mishap

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Four powerlifting players from Delhi were killed when the auto they were in hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway today morning.

The accident took place near the Singhu border in Alipur Police Station area in northwest Delhi. Yadav 28, had won a gold medal in the 2017 weightlifting championship for India. The second survivor was identified as 23-year-old Rohit.

The victims were on the Delhi-Panipat highway in a Swift Dzire vehicle which police believe was being driven at high speed although fog had drastically reduced visibility.

Earlier in the day, four other powerlifting players, identified as Tikamchand, Saurabh, Yogesh and Harish Roy, were brought dead at Raja Harish Chandra Hospital in Narela after the accident, while Yadav and one other Rohit were critically injured. The cause of the accident is said to be dense fog that continues to blanket Delhi-NCR amid the intensifying cold wave conditions.

Yadav, who was admitted in "extremely critical" condition at the AIIMS Trauma Centre, succumbed on Sunday evening. He was being attended by a team of doctors, the doctor said. Some liquor bottles were found in the auto.

Locals informed police officials that the auto was being driven at a very high speed and the driver lost control when he was trying to overtake another vehicle and rammed into a roadside pole due to which it overturned. "They were celebrating Rohit's birthday on Saturday and had gone to Karnal (in Haryana)", the officer said.

Due to severe impact, the car's roof was blown away.