Injured weightlifter dies, toll reaches five in Narela accident

Injured weightlifter dies, toll reaches five in Narela accident

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

Four players died while Yadav and another weightlifter were seriously injured. Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was blown away. Yadav, 28, had won a gold medal in the 2017 weightlifting championship for India.

The official said that the driver was speeding despite dense fog in the area.

A Delhi Police official had identified the rest of the dead as Tikamchand, 27, Yogesh, 24, Harish Roy, 20, and Saurabh, 18. All the other athletes including Bali were residents of Timarpur in north Delhi. Yadav was driving the silver Swift DZire on a highway leading to Karnal, Haryana, and crashed around 4am, police said.




Police said that they were driving towards Karnal in Haryana after the birthday celebrations of one of the occupants of the auto.

"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. A police team, which arrived on the spot, used cutters to cut the vehicle in order to extract the six men, four of them already dead, from it", said a senior police officer. 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.

"Prima facie, the vehicle was at a very high speed". The victims were celebrating a birthday party and some alcohol bottles were found inside the auto, police said. However, it is yet to be fully established.

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