A seven-year-old has died after being hit by a truck in Gisborne, the ambulance service says.

Emergency services were called to the crash on Russell Street in Whataupoko at about 3pm on Tuesday.

A St John Ambulance spokesman said the child had died after being struck.

Russell Street is currently cordoned off at the intersections of Richardson Avenue and Fox Street.

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Motorists are being warned to take alternative routes.

- AAP / NZN