CDOT worker hit by vehicle while on duty dies

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. -- A Colorado Department of Transportation worker who was hit by by a vehicle while filling potholes has died.

Nolan Olson was hit on Feb. 2 while doing work on U.S. 160 in Pagosa Springs. He was flown to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood where he died from his injuries on Sunday.

Olson, 64, had been an employee of CDOT for 14 years.

"We lost an incredible team member in Nolan. He was the type of person who would not have wanted his loss to have gone without shining a spotlight on the risks that our crews take every day when they go out on the roads to serve the public," CDOT executive director Michael Lewis said.

The driver who hit Olson was cited for careless driving.

Nationally, deaths in work zones are increasing. In 2016 and 2017, seven people had died in work zones by the middle of February. This year, that number has more than doubled to 15.

"This demonstrates, again, how critically critically important it is for people to take care when they are driving near construction work zones," CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said.