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.
Five national-level weightlifters were killed, including a world champion, when the vehicle in which they were travelling met with an accident in dense fog early on Sunday, police said.
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. A sixth weightlifter (19) was battling for life.
Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav and another player identified as Bali have been admitted to Max Hospital in north-west Delhi's Shalimar Bagh. "He has internal bleeding in the head", said a senior doctor at AIIMS. Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was blown away. All of them were residents of north Delhi's Timarpur.
The vehicle, according to the official, first hit a divider and then crashed into an electric pole.
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. Some liquor bottles were found in the vehicle.
The mishap took place at around 4 am when the sportsmen were returning to Delhi in their Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire auto after attending an athletic meet in Panipat. The possibility of drunken driving has also not been ruled out.