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Bell Helicopter striking worker hit by truck

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FORT WORTH, Texas -

A striking worker was hit on the picket line at Bell Helicopter early Friday in front of the plant in Hurst.

An employee in a truck was trying to get into a parking lot, but had to stop because of the picket line. He accelerated and forced his way through, clipping a man holding a sign.

Other workers chased after the truck. They argued the man who was hit had the right of way because he was in a crosswalk while the appropriate traffic signal was flashing.

Police were already on the scene because of the strike. Paramedics were called to treat the injured man.

The driver of the truck was reportedly arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Bell Helicopter and the United Auto Workers Union have been in talks since April. But the union, which represents about 2,500 workers, said it was unable to reach a deal on healthcare, overtime and the pension plan.

Late Friday the union reportedly told its members the strike would end after just 24 hours.

The company said its employees make an average of $66,000 per year in base pay.

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