COLUMBIA, Tenn. – A United Automobile Workers member has reportedly died after being hit by a vehicle on a bridge outside the GM plant in Spring Hill.
Columbia police say Roy McCombs was struck about 6:00 a.m. by a driver crossing the bridge. McCombs was taken to the hospital, where he died. Police say the driver is cooperating with investigators.
Striking UAW members have been picketing on the bridge since mid-September amid contract talks with General Motors.
Statement from UAW:
“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 and 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.”