Man dies after being struck by falling rocks near Whanganui

A man died after being struck by falling rocks on State Highway 4.
A man died after being struck by falling rocks on State Highway 4. Photo credit: File

A man has died after he was struck by falling rocks on State Highway 4.

He was one of a group of motorists who had stopped near the Raukawa Falls between Whanganui and Tongariro National Park on Sunday afternoon.

He was helping to clear a small slip that had blocked the road when he was hit by the rocks. 

Police urge motorists to avoid travelling via State Highway 4 between Whanganui and Raetihi.
Police urge motorists to avoid travelling via State Highway 4 between Whanganui and Raetihi. Photo credit: Google Maps

An ambulance that happened to be passing by helped motorists to recover the man from the rockfall, at around 5:45pm.

He died at the scene despite attempts at resuscitation.

People are urged by police to avoid travelling on State Highway 4 between Whanganui and Raetihi for their own safety.

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