Crash kills powerlifter and four friends

The mangled car after the accident on Sunday. (PTI)

New Delhi: Powerlifting gold medallist Saksham Yadav, 24, and four others died on Sunday after his sedan crashed into a divider and then an electric pole on a highway that leads to a popular breakfast destination after a night of partying in Delhi.

Yadav had won gold in the push-pull raw powerlifting competition in the juniors 82.5kg category at the World Grand Prix held by the Global Powerlifting Alliance and the International Powerlifting Organisation in Slovakia last year.

Yadav and four friends from north Delhi's Sanjay Basti had celebrated another friend's 25th birthday through Saturday night. Yadav was driving the silver Swift DZire on a highway leading to Karnal, Haryana, and crashed around 4am, police said. The car turned turtle 200 metres from Delhi's northwestern boundary with Haryana.

Of the six, only Rohit, whose birthday was celebrated, survived.

Murthal on the Karnal highway is famous for its dhabas that offer breakfast.

Bottles of liquor were reportedly found in the car.

Yadav had suffered multiple head injuries and had first been taken to the Max Super Speciality Hospital before being shifted to AIIMS at 9.30am.

While Yadav was a professional, Saurabh, 18, and Rohit were helpers in gyms. Tikamchand, 18, was a bouncer. Harish Roy, 20, was a student and Yogesh, 24, a cameraman.


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