Victims of horror Hawke's Bay crash named

Victims of horror Hawke's Bay crash named
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The three young people killed in a head-on crash in Hawke's Bay on Tuesday have been identified by police.

They were 18-year-old Julianna Hickey of Matamau, 18-year-old Sharrisse Tuaiti Perawiti Taputerangituatea (also known as Sharrisse Perawiti) of Dannevirke, and 17-year-old Anahera Tienda Kaa of Dannevirke.

The teens were employees of Silver Fern Farms and were heading to the company's meatworks in Takapau when their vehicle collided with a truck.

Dannevirke High School confirmed to Newshub one victim was a current pupil of the school and two were past pupils.

On Wednesday principal and board secretary Kay Hewitt said the "tragic loss" was "being deeply felt throughout the school community".

The teens' boss at Silver Ferns Farms Justin Courtney said the tragedy was "tough on everybody".

The accident happened near Dannevirke, around 15 minutes from Silver Ferns Farms, where the teens were heading to start their shift at work.

A police spokesperson on Thursday said an investigation into the cause of the crash was ongoing.

"Police extend their deepest sympathies to their loved ones at this difficult time."