New Delhi, January 7: 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. Saksham was travelling with four other powerlifters who died on spot. While another person identified as Rohit (23) suffered minor injuries and is still recuperating at the hospital.

According to primary investigation, the car in which these athletes were travelling hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway. The car was moving at a high speed and the accident took place after the driver lost control of the vehicle. The victims were celebrating a birthday party and some alcohol bottles were found inside the car, police said.

Yadav, who was admitted in “extremely critical” condition at the AIIMS Trauma Centre, succumbed on Sunday evening.

Doctor said that he died at 6:38 pm of a cardiac arrest. The athlete had sustained grievous head injuries and severe internal bleeding.

The police said that the other deceased have been identified as Tikamchand alias Tinka (27), Yogesh (24), Saurabh (18), Harish Roy (20). While Rohit, one of the victims who suffered grievous injuries was taken to LNJP Hospital where his condition is stated to be out of danger.

The incident came to light after police received information from passerby regarding the accident near Singhu Border at around 4:14 am on Sunday.

The cops rushed to the spot and found that one Maruti Swift met with an accident near a petrol pump while going towards Haryana’s Karnal when they were celebrating Rohit’s birthday.

From prima facie, it appeared that the car was being driven at a very high speed and it being probed whether it was a case of drunken driving as some liquor bottles were found in the vehicle.

“We will ascertain the exact sequence once we will record the statement of both the victims,” police said.

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