EVERGREEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A Colorado Department of Transportation worker has been hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit along Interstate 70.
The worker, who has been identified as David Wright, 64, was on westbound I-70 near Evergreen Parkway Friday afternoon. He reportedly got out of his company-issued truck and walked across the interstate to pick up some debris that was either on the side of the road or in the road. He was hit by a silver Honda Accord in the middle lane.
“He went in to the center lane of the highway to try to remove a tarp that had fallen into the highway and ended up being hit by a vehicle,” Stacey Stegman with CDOT said.
Wright was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Lakewood. He’s listed in serious condition.
Colorado State Patrol had been investigating the accident all Friday afternoon into the evening. They ended up shutting down all but one lane on I-70 to understand what happened.
“That’s something we are investigating. At what point should this person have seen the CDOT worker out there? Was there any mitigating or aggravating circumstances?” Trooper Heather Cobler said. “Those things are all going to be part of the investigation and included in the determination of whether charges need to be filed.”
CDOT said Wright was not alone, but he wasn’t part of a larger crew. He was moving west on I-70 possibly with a passenger when he got out of his car to remove the debris from the road.