A man has died this evening after being hit by falling rocks on State Highway 4, near the Raukawa Falls, between Whanganui and the Tongariro National Park.
The man was among a group of motorists who had stopped to clear a small slip off the road when he was struck.
A passing ambulance transporting a patient helped other motorists to dig out the man.
However, despite attempts to resuscitate him he died at the scene.
The police are urging motorists to avoid travel on State Highway 4 between Whanganui and Raetihi if possible.
Parts of the region got a soaking earlier this week as a result of the ex-tropical Cyclone Gita storm.