An elderly man as killed when he did a U-turn in front of a logging truck near Tokoroa this morning, police say.
The car and the fully loaded truck collided on State Highway 1 about about 5km north of Tokoroa about 7am.
An early scene examination indicated that the man's car had turned in front of the logging truck while doing a a U-turn, police said.
The driver of the truck was uninjured.
"This is another avoidable tragedy on our roads. When making any turns on our roads you need to ensure the way is clear. Do not take any risks," Senior Sergeant Fane Troy of Taupo police said.