Two other players in the auto, including a world champion who bagged the title for India in Moscow in 2017, were seriously injured.
The accident took place on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway.
National-level powerlifter Saksham Yadav on Sunday evening died after he sustained grievous head injuries following an accident near the Singhu Border in outer Delhi's Alipur area.
The auto, the athletes were travelling in, first hit a road divider before crashing into an electric police, police said. The cause of the accident is said to be dense fog that continues to blanket Delhi-NCR amid the intensifying cold wave conditions. While another person identified as Rohit (23) suffered minor injuries and is still recuperating at the hospital.
The police said that the other deceased have been identified as Tikamchand alias Tinka (27), Yogesh (24), Saurabh (18), Harish Roy (20).
The force of the impact was so high that the car’s roof was completely blown off police said
The private auto carrying the six athletes crashed with a road divider, after its driver lost control over the steering, on the road and turned turtle near Alipur village around 4:00am.
Police said that they were driving towards Karnal in Haryana after the birthday celebrations of one of the occupants of the auto. The possibility of drunken driving has also not been ruled out. Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was shattered.
The injured are undergoing treatment.
The two injured players were taken to Narela's Satyawadi Raja Harishchadra Hospital from where they were referred to Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh.
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