POLICE have confirmed a woman has died after she was hit by a truck on Wednesday morning.
Emergency services were called to Newcastle East shortly before 9.30am.
Newcastle police Chief Inspector Gerard Lawson said the cyclist died at the scene.
He said initial inquiries indicated the truck was turning left from King Street into Perkins Street when the incident occurred, with the cyclist ending up underneath the truck, suffering "significant internal injuries".
"We do know [the cyclist] was underneath the truck when we arrived and emergency services had to lift the truck off her," he said.
"Any witnesses that have seen something, we'd like them to come forward."
Chief Inspector Lawson said the truck driver has been taken to hospital for standard blood and urine tests.
"His welfare will be looked after," he said.
"As you can appreciate, he's in a lot of shock."
Chief Inspector Lawson said the nearby work site at the former David Jones location had shut down while investigators looked at the crash scene.
The woman has not yet been identified.
An Ambulance NSW spokesman told the Newcastle Herald the woman, whose age is not yet known, had gone into cardiac arrest after being hit by the truck.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Hunter and Perkins streets just before 9.30am.
Police say local traffic diversions will be put in place and remain there for some time.
Motorists have been asked to avoid the area.
A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner.
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