A man has died following a truck crash in Canterbury this evening.

Police, fire and ambulance services were called to Maronan Road, near the Hinds River Bridge, shortly after 4.30pm after reports of a truck going over the bank and into the riverbed.

Police said authorities - including an urban search and rescue crew from Timaru - worked for about an hour to retrieve the driver from the truck.

However, the man - believed to be in his 60s - was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Motorists are being asked to stay away from the area as authorities carry out a scene examination as well as work to remove the heavy truck from the riverbed.

Southern fire communciations told the Herald authorities will be there for several hours tonight.