A man has been killed after falling under a moving truck near the small town of Puhoi.

Senior Constable Colin Nuttall told NZ Newswire the truck began moving forward while the man was loading it on a rural road near the town about 40km north of Auckland on Tuesday morning.

The man ran around the side of the vehicle and attempted to put the handbrake on when he fell under the truck and was killed.

The man was dead when emergency services arrived at the scene about 8am.

NZ Newswire

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