Grief: Community Devastated By Highway Tragedy
Sunraysia's Islander community is among those grieving after a horror crash on the Sturt Highway on Sunday morning.
18 year old Tupou Latu Taulanga ... known as 'Po' ... and 67 year old Maria Ienco died when the two vehicles they were travelling in collided 35km west of Euston.
Mr Taulanga ... of Tongan heritage ... was also a talented Rugby League player ... and had been captain of the Chaffey Titans Club … and represented Sunraysia in the sport.
Image (SRL): Tupou Latu Taulanga in the Sunraysia Rugby League Representative team in Melbourne in 2016.
Sunraysia Rugby League President Ted Guinea says the community is devastated.
" It's been a shock to everyone. Po was a talented player and leader and one of the great characters of our local competition. He will be greatly missed. Two Robinvale Storm players were also seriously injured in the accident. Our thoughts are with all the family and friends of those involved in tragedy".
Mrs Ienco was a regular at local markets ... and known for her stall 'Maria's Kitchen' and its bread and biscuits.
Both had lived in the Robinvale area and Councillor for Robinvale John Katis says the town is hurting.
Two other men aged 27 and 18 ... also from the Islander community ... and players for the Robinvale Storm Rugby League Club ... were critically injured in the accident. RIVER1467 understands they remain on life support in Melbourne.
Mrs Ienco had been on her way to the Merbein market at the time of the crash, while the three men were travelling from Mildura to Robinvale to go to church and see their families.