National-level powerlifter Saksham Yadav succumbs, death toll rises to five in Delhi car crash

Preliminary investigation revealed that the car was travelling at a high speed when it hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway. The victims were celebrating a birthday party and some alcohol bottles were found inside the car, police said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 7, 2018 9:06 pm
Saksham Yadav dies in delhi accident National-level powerlifter Saksham Yadav succumbed on Sunday evening. (Source: Facebook)

National-level powerlifter Saksham Yadav succumbed on Sunday evening after he sustained grievous head injuries following an accident near the Singhu Border in outer Delhi’s Alipur area. While four other powerlifters died on the spot, another person named Rohit (23) suffered injuries.

Yadav, who was admitted in “extremely critical” condition at the AIIMS Trauma Centre, succumbed on Sunday evening. “He died at 6:38 pm of a cardiac arrest,” a doctor said. Yadav had sustained grievous head injuries and severe internal bleeding. DCP (Rohini district) Rajneesh Gupta said the other deceased have been identified as Tikamchand alias Tinka (27), Saurabh (18), Yogesh (24), Harish Roy (20). Rohit was taken to LNJP Hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the car was travelling at a high speed when it hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway. The victims were celebrating a birthday party and some alcohol bottles were found inside the car, police said.

The force of the impact was so high that the car’s roof was completely blown off, police said. (Express photo)

“The incident came to light after we received information from passersby regarding the accident near Singhu Border at around 4.14 am on Sunday. We immediately rushed to the spot and found that one Maruti Swift DZire bearing number DL 4 CAU 9585 met with an accident near a petrol pump while going towards Haryana’s Karnal when they were celebrating Rohit’s birthday,” Gupta said.

Gupta claimed that prima facie it appeared that the car was being driven at a very high speed and it was being probed whether it was a case of drunken driving since some liquor bottles were found in the vehicle. “We will ascertain the exact sequence once we will record the statement of both the victims,” he said.

Locals informed police that the car 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. The force of the impact was so high that the car’s roof was completely blown off, police said.

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  1. Ashok Mehta
    Jan 8, 2018 at 3:38 am
    If you drink and then drive you are . Look at the consequences. You not only kill yourself but kill other innocent people.
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    1. Ashok Mehta
      Jan 8, 2018 at 3:33 am
      If you drink and then drive, you are . Look at the consequences. They not only put their lives in danger but kill other innocent people.
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      1. Sideon Sid
        Jan 8, 2018 at 1:01 am
        An average of 400 Indians will die EVERY DAY in road accidents all across the nation this year . We have overtaken China to register the highest number of annual road accident fatalities in the word. After implementing strict traffic regulations , China has witnessed a decreasing trend , but road accident fatalities keeps increasing in India every year .
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        1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
          Jan 8, 2018 at 12:22 am
          The root cause of the accident was alcohol where inoccent life also could have been in danger ,---drink and drive should be punishable,--breathlizers should be put on highway check points,---license should be suspended,---speeding cameras also should be installed on highways where exceeding speed limit can be captured and fined like in western countries,----Jai hind.
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          1. Parshuram Gautampurkar
            Jan 7, 2018 at 10:59 pm
            Rash driving always proves to be fatal. We lost our 4 power lifters in this accident. May be the driver in intoxication and he lost control of the speedy car. RIP Parshuram Gautampurkar,Sawai madhopur,Rajasthan
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