CDOT employee dies 9 days after being by car while doing road work

Nolan Olson on the job. (Courtesy of CDOT)

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A longtime CDOT employee has died, just over a week after he was hit by car while on the job.

The department says Nolan Olson was filling potholes on Highway 160 in Pagosa Springs on Feb. 2 when he was hit by a passing car. He was severely injured and taken to St. Anthony's Hospital in Lakewood. He survived for nine days and passed away Sunday.

"Nolan possessed a wealth of knowledge about CDOT, was a true role model to his coworkers, and was diligent in his work," said CDOT maintenance supervisor Billy McDermott in a statement Monday. "Nolan faced every day with a great and positive attitude. Every member of his patrol looked up to him. Nolan gave guidance for work tasks and was able to share the history of the patrol, CDOT and Pagosa area whenever asked.”

The executive director of CDOT shared similar sentiments.

"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,” Michael Lewis said.

Olson had been an equipment operator with CDOT for 14 years. He was a resident of Pagosa Springs.

CDOT has started a GoFundMe account to help his family. Click here if you wish to donate.

His death comes one day after a Colorado State trooper was hit by a passing car while working a crash. The trooper was uninjured.

Law enforcement and CDOT urge drivers to move over for officers and workers who are doing such a dangerous job on busy Colorado roads. Most of the collisions involving law enforcement and road workers can easily be avoided if drivers obey state "Move Over" laws.

We have reached out to CDOT for more information about the crash and whether the driver was cited.