Flint (Michigan), Oct 2 (AP) Several people were injured Tuesday morning when a pickup truck collided with a group of protesters calling for the right to form unions in Flint, Michigan, in what police said appears to be an accident. Also Read - Karan Johar Writes Open Letter to 'Friend' Madhur Bhandarkar Over Netflix Show 'Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives', Says 'Our Title Was Distinct'

Police Chief Tim Johnson said he doesn’t believe the crash near a fast-food restaurant 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. Also Read - 'Heartbreaking': Gay Boy Writes a Letter to Santa & Asks If God Loves Him, Leaves People in Tears

The pickup was later hit by a utility truck. It was dark at the time of the crash. Also Read - Twitter Removes Sushil Modi's Tweet For Violating Rules, He Had Made Lalu Prasad's Alleged Mobile Number Public

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.

Johnson said those who were struck were at the end of a group of protesters walking along a street. He says the driver “acted like he didn’t see them.” The protest was organised by Fight for $15, a national movement seeking to increase the minimum wage to USD 15 an hour. Democrat Rashida Tlaib will join fast-food workers Tuesday afternoon in Detroit. Tlaib faces candidates from the Green and Working Class parties for the 13th House seat. (AP) ZH ZH

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