A United Auto Workers (UAW) member has died after being hit by a vehicle outside the General Motors plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, on Tuesday morning, Oct. 22, 2019.
The crash happened around 6 a.m. on the bridge where striking UAW members have been picketing since mid-September amid contract talks with General Motors, WKRN reported.
A driver was crossing the bridge when it was still dark and struck the man, identified as Roy McCombs, 55, a resident of Columbia. He was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead, according to Columbia police.
The driver who hit McCombs is reportedly cooperating with investigators.
UAW International released in a statement:
“Roy A. McCombs tragically lost his life today on a picket line standing up for a better life for himself and his coworkers. On behalf of the UAW, we offer condolences to Brother McCombs, family, friends and co-workers. Today’s accident is heartbreaking for UAW Spring Hill members. We will continue to work to ensure that safety is a priority on the picket line.”
The driver of the vehicle was a woman in her mid-20s taking her children to the day care located on the GM property, according to Tennessean.
Columbia Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are investigating.