A United Auto Worker (UAW) who was picketing as part of the continued UAW strike was hit by a vehicle early Tuesday morning on the overpass that sits above U.S. 31, just northeast of Spring Hill High School. The UAW member was quickly transported to a hospital where they would later be pronounced dead.
The UAW later confirmed the individual to be Roy McCombs in the following 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 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."
Columbia police received the call at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is reportedly assisting Columbia Police with investigations into the incident.