Police are investigating the cause of a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred in the Taumarunui area this morning.
At approximately 1.30 am a vehicle travelling along a rural road 10 Kilometres out of Taumarunui left the road and struck a tree.
Emergency services were in attendance shortly after however the sole occupant of the vehicle, a 72 year old local male, was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were no other vehicles involved in this incident and the cause of the crash is yet to be established and the name of the deceased will not be released until next of kin have been informed.
Sgt Paul Dowie Taumarunui Police X 64200 07 895 8119