SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WEHT/WKRN) — A member of the United Automobile Workers has died after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday morning on the bridge outside the GM plant in Spring Hill.
According to Columbia police, a driver was crossing the bridge around 6 a.m. and struck the man, identified as Roy McCombs.
He was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.
The driver who hit McCombs is reportedly cooperating with investigators.
The incident happened on the bridge where striking UAW members have been picketing since mid-September amid contract talks with General Motors.
UAW International released a statement Tuesday morning:
“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.”