A man is dead after being hit by a car in Tauranga.

The section of Vale Rd between Ngatai Rd and Bureta Rd has been closed as emergency services attend the crash.

A reporter at the scene could see a blanket covering a body on the road. It is understood the driver of the vehicle might have suffered a medical event before the collision.

Western Bay of Plenty head of road policing Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said a man crossing the road on Vale St was struck by a car, near a medical centre.

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Doctors and nurses rushed out to help but a man believed to be in his 80s died at the scene, Campion said.

The car had been travelling east towards Tauranga city centre.

The driver is being spoken to by police and officers are working to identify the man and his next of kin.

The road remains closed.

Police were called shortly before 10am, a communications spokeswoman said.