Four weightlifters killed in Delhi in dense fog

Four weightlifters killed in Delhi in dense fog

Four weightlifters killed in Delhi in dense fog

The death toll in the Sunday morning road accident near Delhi-Haryana border involving six national-level weightlifters climbed to five after one of the two seriously injured sportsmen died at the AIIMS here.

The incident came to light after police received information from passerby regarding the accident near Singhu Border at around 4:14 am on Sunday.

Two other players in the auto, including world champion Saksham Yadav, who had won the title for India in Moscow in 2016, were injured. The second survivor was identified as 23-year-old Rohit.

According to primary investigation, the vehicle in which these athletes were travelling hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway. The cause of the accident is said to be dense fog that continues to blanket Delhi-NCR amid the intensifying cold wave conditions.

Yadav and Rohit were rushed to Max Hospital in Delhi's Shalimar Bagh. The athlete had sustained grievous head injuries and severe internal bleeding.

According to the Times of India, the vehicle lost control while overtaking another auto, following which, it rammed into a pole and overturned.

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. "They were celebrating Rohit's birthday on Saturday and had gone to Karnal (in Haryana)", the officer said. Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was shattered.

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