Four national-level hockey players killed, three injured in a car accident :- As per the police statement, four national-level hockey players died while three others have been injured in an accident that took place near Itarsi in Hoshangabad district which is 70 kilometers south of Bhopal, on Monday morning.
Four national-level hockey players killed
Reportedly, the players were on their way to Hoshangabad to play the semifinal of All India Major Dhyanchand hockey tournament. The accident took place when the car they were travelling in rammed into a tree near Raisalpur village on National Highway 69 resulting in the death of the four on the spot.
The deceased were identified as Shahnawaz Khan aged 20, from Indore, Aadarsh Hardua aged 22, from Itarsi, Ashish Lal aged 21, from Jabalpur and Aniket Varun aged 19, from Gwalior. The injured include Shawn Gidion Alfred, Akshay Awasthi, and Sahil Chaure. All the bodies were sent for the postmortem and the injured have been admitted to a private hospital in Hoshangabad.
According to the reports, the deceased were trainees of MP State hockey Academy and represented the academy team in national tournaments. While two of the injured are trainees of the academy while Shawn Gidion is an ex-trainee of the academy.
three injured in a car accident
The semi-final was postponed after the incident. The MP sports department officers reached Hoshangabad.
Gidion, who was driving the car when the accident took place told the media that he lost his balance in trying to avoid a collision with a Bolero jeep which came in front of his car all of a sudden. Also, he is the owner of the car as well.
However, superintendent of police, Hoshangabad ML Chhari said, “Prima facie, it was a case of careless driving that led to the accident. The car went out of control and rammed into a tree. The car was at a high speed when it met with the accident.”
MP sports director SL Thaosen said, “All the players were staying in Hoshangabad during the ongoing tournament. On Sunday, Aadarsh Hardua’s parents requested the coach to allow the players to visit Itarsi to celebrate the birthday of Aadarsh. As the distance between Hoshangabad and Itarsi is just 18 kms the coach allowed the players but with a strict instruction not to travel during the night on return. All the six players and Gidion were going to Hoshangabad in the morning when the mishap took place.”