Nine cattle are dead after a stock truck and trailer unit crashed near Waitomo Caves in the King Country this morning.

The accident occurred about 9.30am today on State Highway 37, also known as Waitomo Caves Rd, that winds its way to the glow worm caves tourist attraction south of Otorohanga.

The truck and trailer unit rolled on the highway between Haurua Rd and Brooklee Rd, killing nine cows, according to the police and Fire and Emergency northern communications shift manager Murray Bannister.

He said the truck driver suffered minor injuries.

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A crane was brought in to right the truck. The road was blocked for several hours before reopening about 1pm.