Viewers of E4's first look screening discovered the identity of the victims this evening (November 14) following weeks of speculation surrounding the show's heavily-promoted 'Enjoy The Ride' crash storyline.
Rhys Ashworth (Andrew Moss), Maddie Morrison (Scarlett Bowman) and Neil Cooper (Tosin Cole) were the unlucky trio who died after the sixth formers ploughed through Ste, Doug, Tony and Cindy's joint wedding venue in an out-of-control mini-bus.
As one of the passengers in the faulty vehicle, Neil was the first to perish as he was still inside when it exploded following the crash.
Maddie, who had taken the ruthless decision to leave Neil behind in the bus despite knowing he was still alive, was next to meet her maker as she was hit by some falling debris following the explosion.
Rhys, meanwhile, died inside the venue after getting trapped when the roof and a pillar collapsed after the crash.
Although a seriously-injured Rhys was still conscious following the accident, there was not enough time for a fire crew to arrive for his rescue before he passed away with devastated wife Jacqui (Claire Cooper) at his side. Jacqui did not discover Rhys's recent affair with Cindy Longford before his death.
Meanwhile, more devastation could be ahead for the villagers as the official spoiler for the next episode reads: "Just when they thought they were safe, tragedy strikes for one much-loved couple."
Hollyoaks airs weeknights at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.