A critical investigation team has been formed after a man died following a police pursuit last night, October 17.

About 8.10pm officers attached to Tweed Heads Highway Patrol detected a motorcyclist travelling south along Terranora Road, East Tumbulgum, about 15km west of Tweed Heads.

Police followed the motorcycle for a short distance before the rider lost control and collided heavily with a tree.

The 42-year-old man died at the scene.

An independent critical incident team will investigate the circumstance surrounding the incident.