A man has died after being crushed at a Palmerston North vehicle testing facility today.

Police confirmed they were called to the incident at about 2pm today.

"The vehicle, being examined by an employer, inadvertently travelled forward striking two other vehicles and employees," police said in a statement.

"Two persons received moderate injuries and one person died as a result."


It is believed to be a "crushing type of accident", a police spokesman said.

St Johns district operations manager Steve Yanko said ambulance crews took one man with life-threatening injuries to Palmerston North Hospital from the incident.

He was aged in his 50s and had multiple injuries, Mr Yanko said.

"He subsequently died."

Police and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are investigating.