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Memorial procession for fallen CDOT worker

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A procession is underway for a Colorado Department of Transportation worker who was killed while filling potholes near Pagosa Springs.

Representatives and workers of CDOT will be carrying the remains of Nolan Olson to southwest Colorado in a memorial procession to honor his life. The 6-hour, 276-mile procession started at 8:00 a.m. and will travel along US Highway 285, along US 160 over Wold Creek Pass and finally to Olson's final resting place, his hometown of Pagosa Springs.

CDOT employees statewide will pay their respects. The 64-year-old Olson died after being struck by a vehicle On February 2. Olson worked for the department for 14 years and according to a GoFundMe page was looking to retire this year. He died one week after being taken to the hospital in the accident.

When today's procession reaches South Fork, his stepdaughter and Archuleta County Undersheriff Tonya Hamilton and other members of his family will escort his remains for the final part of the journey. "My family and I have been dumbstruck at the amount of people that want to be involved in bringing Nolan home and honoring him in this way. It's truly been astonishing," said Hamilton on the GoFundMe site. "We haven't been able to find the words to express our gratitude to everyone. As a family, we're humbled by the outpouring of concern and love." 

On Saturday, a memorial will take place at 11 a.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center of Pagosa Springs.

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