A man has died suddenly at a Carterton homekill business this morning following a suspected medical event.

Emergency services arrived to find the man dead and an animal on the loose at a property on Andersons Line.

Police initially said the animal had been suspended by a crane, fallen and hit the man.

However, they later clarified that while he was working with the animal at the time, the incident may have been a medical event.

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His death has been referred to the coroner.

Further details about the victim and incident are not yet known.

A resident of Andersons Line recalled seeing a large number of emergency service vehicles on her way home this morning, before hearing about the accident on the radio.

The neighbour said the owner of the property was talking with police who were standing around, gathered in a small circle.

The road was initially closed, but it had since re-opened, she said.

Paramedics were called at 10.55am.

Police are investigating.