A motorcyclist was killed when his bike and a truck collided near Tauranga this evening.

Police said the crash happened on State Highway 2 near the Gills Lane intersection at Whakamarama, between Tauranga and Katikati, about 8pm.

Emergency services attended but were unable to save the man, who died at the scene.
The truck driver was uninjured, police said.

The road has been closed around the crash scene while the police serious crash unit investigated.

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Traffic was being diverted via Munro Rd and Te Puna Quarry Rd.

Police said no further details about the victim were known at this stage.