A man was killed after being hit by a car in Palmerston North early this morning.

Police this evening released the name of the victim as Shane William Foster aged 28, of Bunnythorpe which is between Palmerston North and Feilding.

He was hit on Rangitikei Line and is understood to have died at the scene.

Sergeant Gina Atkinson said an investigation into the death had been launched.


"Officers are continuing to speak to the driver of the vehicle and other witnesses to ascertain the sequence of events leading up to the crash.

"We still don't have all the facts and we have more inquires to make and the Serious Crash Unit is supporting us with our investigation," she said.

The death has been referred to the coroner.