Two brothers and their friend were the victims of a fiery car crash in Levin in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Jesse Hayne, Shand Cotgrove and Jacob Gray, originally from Porirua, died after the car they were travelling in crashed into a parked truck just after midnight.
The car and truck caught fire immediately. The truck was holding a full load of large paper rolls.
The owner of the truck told 1 NEWS yesterday the truck was carrying a 24-tonne load and the car hit it with such force the truck shifted over a metre.
Tributes have been flowing for the former Aotea College students on social media.
Police say the Serious Crash Unit is still establishing the circumstances around the cause of the crash.
Police say due to the nature of the crash and the fire, formal identification may take some time.