Hitchhiker hit by truck dies

A 27-year-old man was hit and killed by a truck and trailer unit on SH3 in the Rangitikei last night.

The crash happened just after 10pm near the Wanganui Road intersection in Turakina.

The truck driver and other witnesses gave first aid to the man but he died a short time later at the scene.

The truck driver was uninjured but is shaken from the incident.

Officers are in the process of formally speaking to him and other witnesses.

Early indications suggest the man was attempting to hitchhike to Wanganui and stepped into the path of the truck.

Anyone who may have seen the incident is urged to contact police.


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