A motorcyclist has died in a collision with a truck near Nelson.

The motorcyclist was with a small group of riders heading north on SH6 towards Rai Valley when the collision occurred on a bend on the Rai Valley side of Serpentine Straight shortly after 2pm, police said.

The motorcycle caught fire on impact and police believe the male motorcyclist died instantly.

The driver of the truck, which was carrying LPG cylinders, was shaken but unhurt. The LPG cylinders were not involved in the fire.


The dead man is not from the Nelson-Marlborough area and no further details will be released until his next of kin have been advised. Victim Support is assisting his companions and the truck driver, and a serious crash investigation is underway.

Police have spoken to some witnesses but would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the accident.