A man who died after the tractor he was driving crashed down a bank in the King Country yesterday has been named.
Justin Erni, 28, of Taumarunui crashed around 10am on Ongarue-Waimiha Road near the outskirts of the Ongarue village, police say.
The tractor ended up down a bank and resting on railway tracks. Police said there were no other vehicles involved in the crash and Erni was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance and police staff.
Erni drove for a local agricultural company and the tractor was towing a haymaking implement at the time, police said.
The serious crash unit, the police commercial vehicle investigation unit, and WorkSafe New Zealand were investigating.
The matter will be referred to the coroner.
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