Confusion followed fatal accident

The area where a man was struck by a truck in Dunedin on Tuesday. Photo: Christine O'Connor
The area where a man was struck by a truck in Dunedin on Tuesday. Photo: Christine O'Connor
There was general confusion when a man was hit by a truck in Dunedin's waterfront industrial area on Tuesday, a witness says.

The man died after the incident in Fryatt St, about 4.15pm.

Yesterday, a witness said he had just parked in the street and gone into a building when the incident happened.

He did not see the man get hit, but saw the truck reversing, and thought nothing of it.

A moment later he heard yelling, including someone asking whether anyone knew CPR, and went outside to see a man using a defibrillator, trying to resuscitate a man on the ground.

The man on the ground was wearing a hard hat and a high-visibility vest.

The witness said the driver of the truck, which had a Hiab on the back, was loading nets on to the truck, then backing up at crawling pace across a fuel stop towards the wharf.

The truck had a reversing beacon.

He knew the driver and it hit home hard when something like that happened, the witness said.

Police and WorkSafe investigations into the incident are under way.

A person who answered the phone at Fairfield Transport, which owns the truck involved, said the company had no comment.


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