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SPRING HILL, TEN. – The United Auto Workers' picket was struck and killed Tuesday by a driver outside a General Motors plant in Spring Hill amid a continuing strike.
UAW union officials issued a statement Tuesday to worker Roy A. McCombs, 55, of Columbia.
"Roy A. McCombs tragically lost his life today on a picket line advocating a better life for himself and his colleagues," UAW President Gary Jones and Vice President Teri Dittes said in a joint statement. "On behalf of the UAW, we extend our condolences to Brother McCombs and family, friends and colleagues. Today's disaster is heartbreaking for UAW Spring Hill members. We will continue to work to ensure that safety is a priority on the picket line. "
The destruction occurred at 6:15 a.m. At the bridge that leads to the southern entrance of the plant to the Columbia border.
"This is an incident involving a pedestrian and a car. The individual pedestrian unfortunately succumbed to his injuries and died," said Columbia Lt. Gen. Jeremy Haywood. Greg Hill and John Lydon strike near GM plant in Spring Hill on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>
General Motors workers Greg Hill and John Lydon strike near GM plant in Spring Hill on Wednesday, October 2, 2019  (Photo: Shelley Mace, TN)
Preliminary investigation and witness statements indicate that McCombs was not actively picketing at the time of the crash, but was attempting to cross the roadway near the picket line, according to the police in Colombia.
The driver of the vehicle was a woman in her mid-20s, taking her children to daycare owned by GM, according to Haywood.
Haywood said there were doubtful allegations that
General Motors Manufacturing, UAW and the driver of the vehicle were assisting the ongoing investigation.
"We are deeply saddened to confirm that the death of an employee occurred this morning from a pedestrian accident on a public road near the south entrance of GM Spring Plant," Courtney Jackson, communications manager at GM Spring Hill.
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"No UAW member will be deployed here – today or any time in the future," Heron said.
Herron extended his condolences to the family.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brother Roy McCombs' family," he says.
The bridge connecting drivers to GM's south entrance was vacated on October 22, 2019 after a picket died after the driver struck and killed him. (Photo: Emily West / Tennessee)
Other pickets said today's incident keeps them alert, but does not make them scared.
"That makes you more aware, that's for sure," GM worker – said Eric Blackmore, standing on Highway 31 in front of the Super Target shopping center. "We keep our eyes open, but it doesn't make me uncomfortable personally. I'm used to growing traffic in New York City. But as you can see, we're still out there. We just keep going, even though it's a tragedy, no matter how you look at it."  Attackers near the GM mansion between entrances took a few steps back from Highway 31. Some even wore bright safety vests as they waved their signs.
"It's tragic – it's not right or wrong in that," said GM worker Keith Bell off the property at the mansion. "You can only step back and comply. This is a tragic incident and his family is dealing with him and the driver. This is a day of prayer. "
The strike, which lasts 37 days, will continue until the treaty between GM and UAW has been ratified. The preliminary agreement votes are expected to be at 16:00. Friday, according to Brian Rotenberg, head of communications at the UAW.
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