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Truck hits protesters demanding $15 minimum wage in Flint, Mich.; 8 hospitalized

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Several people were injured before dawn Tuesday when a pickup truck collided with a group of protesters calling for higher pay and the right to form unions in Michigan, in what police said appeared to be an accident.

Police Chief Tim Johnson said that he doesn’t believe the crash near a fast-food restaurant in Flint was intentional and that the driver “seemed pretty shaken up” afterward. Johnson initially said four or five people had non-life-threatening injuries, but later said eight were hospitalized.

“We just came from the hospital. Several people were getting released,” Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry told the Associated Press a few hours after the protest. “Three still are being observed.”

Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer was among those participating in the protest. She wasn’t injured, and a post on her Twitter account says she’s “incredibly sad that so many people were hurt.” Whitmer and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, are battling for governor.

The protests are part of an effort to elect pro-union candidates in the November general election. Walkouts are planned in Milwaukee on Wednesday and Chicago on Thursday.  (AP)

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People gather to tend to a protester lying on the ground after a truck hit protesters calling for the right to form unions on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. Police said it appeared to be an accident. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


Light from police vehicles shine on protesters as they walk around police tape after a truck hit protesters calling for the right to form unions on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


Two protestors share an embrace after one was injured when a truck hit protesters calling for the right to form unions on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


Protesters shout at police as they work to get several people into ambulances safely after a truck hit demonstrators calling for the right to form unions on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


Protesters walk along Dort Highway after eight of their members were hospitalized when a pickup truck smashed into a protest march for a minimum wage increase on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint. (Photo: Jake May/MLive.com)


People gather to tend to a protester in the street after a truck slammed into protesters calling for the right to form unions, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


Protesters gather to answer questions from police after a truck slammed into protesters calling for the right to form unions, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


Protesters stand behind police tape, watching as police and first responders tend to the scene after a truck hit protesters calling for the right to form unions, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


People gather to tend to protesters after a truck slammed into protesters calling for the right to form unions, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


Flint Police Chief Tim Johnson, left, works alongside Deputy Chief Devon Bernritter as they investigate after a truck hit protesters calling for the right to form unions, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


Protesters shout as they walk on the sidewalk along Dort Highway after eight people were hospitalized when a burgundy Chevrolet pickup truck smashed into protesters fighting for a minimum wage increase on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, on Dort Highway in Flint. After hitting the protesters, the truck veered into southbound traffic and was hit by a Consumers Energy truck. (Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


Flint Police Deputy Chief Devon Bernritter, center, checks on the status of a man lying in the street after a truck slammed into protesters calling for the right to form unions on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)


A protester lies on a backboard after a truck slammed into protesters calling for the right to form unions on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Flint, Mich. (Photo: Jake May/Flint Journal via AP)