Injured weightlifter dies, toll reaches five in Narela accident

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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.

Tikamchand, Saurabh, Yogesh, Harish Roy were taken to Raja Harishchandra Hospital where they were declared brought dead while the other two Saksham and Rohit were seriously injured.

The victims were in a Swift DZire and were driving along the Delhi-Panipat National Highway when the accident occurred at about 4 am in the vicinity of Alipur village, which lies close to the Singhu border that divides Delhi and Haryana.

Another weightlifter, Rohit, 19, is battling for life. 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. The athlete had sustained grievous head injuries and severe internal bleeding.

The police are investigating if it is a case of drunken driving since some liquor bottles were found in the vehicle.

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"Prima facie, the vehicle was at a very high speed".

"The impact of crash was so severe that the auto rolled over several times with its roof getting completely blown off, before hitting a pole and killing four of them on the spot".

Bottles of liquor were reportedly found in the auto.

Such was the impact of the crash that the auto - a Maruti Swift Dzire with registration number DL4CAU 9585 - rolled over several times before coming to a stop. The accident took place when the weightlifters were returning to Delhi.

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