Wellington Scoop

Man killed by rockfall, after trying to clear slip on road

News from NZ Police
A man has died after being struck by a rockfall on State Highway 4 near the Ruakawa Falls, between Whanganui and the Tongariro National Park.

The man was part of a group of motorists who had stopped to clear a small slip off the road when he was struck.

A passing ambulance transporting a patient assisted other motorists to recover the man at around 5:45pm. Despite attempts to resuscitate him the man died at the scene.

Police are urging motorists to avoid travel on State Highway 4 between Whanganui and Raetihi if possible, for safety reasons.