A woman hit and run over by a 5-tonne delivery truck has died while being flown to hospital.
Sergeant Jeff Lyver said the 74-year-old Levin woman was hit just after noon by the delivery truck while walking on Bath St in the town.
He said the delivery truck reversed into a service lane on the street behind the town's community centre Te Takere, then struck her and ran her over.
The woman was left with horrific injuries, but was stabilised at the scene before being transported by ambulance to the Horowhenua Health Centre, and then flown to Wellington Hospital.
Lyver said the woman, who was with family members when she was hit, died while being flown to hospital at about 2.45pm.
The Serious Crash Unit, the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit and Levin CIB are all investigating, he said.
On the scene, Lyver said police have spoken to a number of witnesses who saw the incident, and would be speaking to more.
Witness Rayvon Tamatea said he called the ambulance service after seeing the woman being hit.
He said the woman and her sister crossed the road then were walking between parked cars beside the community centre.
The truck had pulled out of the service lane toward the road, but then reversed back in, he said.
Tamatea said the women had walked behind the reversing truck - one had made it past while the other was hit.
He said the truck driver would not have had much time to see the women.
The scene was horrible and had left a police officer visibly upset, he said.
- Manawatu Standard