ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4) – A construction worker is in critical condition after being pinned under an SUV at a King Soopers gas station.
The accident happened just after 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at 64th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in Arvada.
The man, 53, has not been identified but is from Parker. He’s in St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.
“What appeared to have happened was the driver of the SUV had finished pumping gas and pulled away from the pump and had run over a construction worker who was working on access point just in front of those pumps,” said Susan Medina, a spokeswoman for the Arvada Police Department.
“It was part of a larger construction project that was going on at the gas station at the time. The worker was not underground; it appears he was working to open an access point that was in front of the pump several feet.”
Emergency responders from the South West Adams Fire Department rescued the man from under the SUV.
Investigators did a sobriety test on the SUV driver and said alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident. That driver was released while the investigation continues.
An accident reconstruction was done at the scene.
“They are trying to determine speeds and distances and line of sight; all of those elements that will tell us exactly what happened,” said Medina.
The investigators are also looking at what sort of safety equipment the worker was using at the time of the accident.
“Our investigators are working with the company to determine the equipment that might be involved with this,” Medina said. “Whether they be vests or cones or other things, what the protocol is for that organization.”
King Soopers said the man was a subcontractor for a company working on the sump pump at that King Soopers Fuel Center.
In a written statement, King Soopers said its thoughts and prayers were with the man and his family.