A male pedestrian has died after being hit by a logging truck pulling out of a gas station near Nelson.

A police spokesman confirmed a man was hit by a truck in Brightwater, 20km south-west of Nelson, around 3pm yesterday.

Police were told by witnesses the empty logging truck was pulling out of a gas station onto the road when the man was hit.

St John paramedics confirmed a man was transported to Nelson Hospital emergency department yesterday afternoon with critical injuries. Police said the man died in the intensive care unit.

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The driver was shaken but unhurt.

The Serious Crash Unit is investigating.