A cyclist was on Wednesday evening fighting for his life after a collision with a truck on Hyderabad Rd, Napier.

Police arrived at the scene at 3.20pm and remained there as at 4.45pm. A spokesman said the cyclist, a man in his 50s, had critical injuries.

Original reports suggested the patient was a child, a police spokesperson said, however this was later updated.

A St John Ambulance took the man to Hawke's Bay Hospital where he remained in a critical condition on Wednesday evening.

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Police blocked off the roundabout at the intersection of Hyderabad Rd, Prebensen Dr and Corunna Bay, for several hours, as the serious crash unit carried out its investigation.

Police have blocked off part of Hyderabad Rd. Photo / Paul Taylor
Police have blocked off part of Hyderabad Rd. Photo / Paul Taylor

Diversions were put in place as traffic built up around the busy intersection.

The crash is not the first to badly injure a cyclist in Hawke's Bay this year.

Earlier this month an elderly woman was knocked off her bike in a hit and run on the corner of Kennedy Rd and Riverbend Rd in Napier.

In January a 13-year-old boy was killed after a car collided with him on Railway Rd.