Fatal truck accident in Northern Southland

05:14, Apr 08 2014

A man has been killed on a Northern Southland property after the fertilizer spreader truck he was operating overturned.

Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken, of Dunedin, said emergency services were called to a property on the Te Anau Mossburn Highway at 10.20am after a report was received about the incident.

When emergency services arrived at the scene the man had already died, Aitken said.

A witness at the scene, earlier this morning, said the truck was upside down and a helicopter was waiting. 

A canvas cover had been next to the cab truck as emergency services worked on the driver.

In a statement released by police this afternoon, they say the driver of the truck was a 58-year-old contractor.

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Worksafe New Zealand is investigating the incident together with the police serious crash unit.

The man's name won't be released until next of kind have been notified, police say.

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