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A five-year-old boy died in what police describe as "tragic circumstances" in Blenheim yesterday after he was run over by a vehicle driven by a family member.

Acting Area Commander Tony Sampson of Marlborough police said the accident happened about 6:30pm yesterday.

The little boy was taken to Wairau Hospital by family members, but died shortly afterwards.

The case has been referred to the coroner and police are investigating.