The driver of a truck is dead after the vehicle crashed into a bank on an inland rural road on the East Cape.
Emergency services were alerted to the crash in Ihungia Rd, near Te Puia Springs at 8.40am today, police said.
"It appears the truck has crashed into a bank and the driver has died at the scene. There were no other vehicles involved."
The police serious crash unit and commercial vehicle investigation unit were investigating the crash, police said.
The road was closed while a scene examination was carried out, with traffic being stopped at the intersection with State Highway 35 and diverted along another inland route.