Five wrestlers among six killed in Maharashtra road accident

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In a tragic incident, six young wrestlers were killed on the spot while eight others were seriously injured, when their jeep collided with a sugarcane tractor at Wangi near Kadegaon tehsil town of this district on Kadegaon-Sangli Road on Saturday morning, police sources said. Along with wrestlers the driver of the vehicle was also killed, informed the local police. The SUV in which the wrestlers were travelling, rammed into a tractor carrying sugarcane.

Reportedly, the accident took place around 1 AM on Friday late night. The tractor was coming from the opposite direction. There were a total of 10 people in the SUV excluding the driver. All of them were parts of Kranti Kushti Sankul institution, Maharashtra. Apart from them, seven other wrestlers have sustained serious injuries and they are admitted in a government hospital in Miraj. "It is very sad and shocking for us", said Sharad Lad, the institute's secretary. They were returning from Satara after attending a wrestling contest.

This is the second major road accident in a week's time which has taken the lives of future sportspersons in India. World champion powerlifter Saksham Yadav, along with four other powerlifters, was travelling in a auto last Sunday, when the vehicle met with an accident near the Singhu border in outer Delhi's Alipur area.

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The mishap took place at around 4 am when the sportsmen were returning to Delhi in their Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire vehicle after attending an athletic meet in Panipat.

The six were immediately shifted to Raja Harishchandar Hospital in Narela, where four were declared brought dead.

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