GM Worker On Picket Line Killed After Being Struck By Car

Autoworkers are mourning the loss of one of their own after he was struck on the picket line by a car.

USA Today reports:

” A United Auto Workers picket was struck and killed Tuesday by a driver outside the General Motors plant in Spring Hill amid an ongoing strike.

UAW union officials released a statement Tuesday about the worker, Roy A. McCombs, 55, of Columbia.

‘Roy A. McCombs tragically lost his life today on a picket line standing up for a better life for himself and his coworkers,’ UAW President Gary Jones and Vice President Terry Dittes said in a joint statement. ‘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.’

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The wreck occurred at 6:15 a.m. at a bridge that leads to the plant’s south entrance in the boundary of Columbia. The plant’s north gate lies within Spring Hill.

‘It was an accident involving a pedestrian and car. The individual pedestrian sadly succumbed to injuries and passed away,’ Columbia Police Department Lt. Jeremy Haywood said.”

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