OGDEN -- Ogden officials were taking precautions Sunday night to make sure there was no repeat of Saturday night's auto-pedestrian accident that resulted in three people transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
Police said an 83-year-old woman, a 72-year-old woman and 12-year-old girl were struck by a pickup truck while crossing Washington Boulevard, on the 2400 block near Peery's Egyptian Theater, at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday, the older women were reported by police to be in critical but stable conditions, both with pelvic fractures and one with a femur fracture at a local hospital. Both were recovering from surgery.
The girl, the granddaughter to one of the women and a family friend of the other, was reported to have been taken to Primary Children's Medical Center with a fractured skull and possible bleeding on the brain.
"We want to understand exactly what happened so it doesn't happen again," said Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell Sunday night. "We hit it from many, many angles."
Caldwell said he was headed to the movie at the Egyptian Theater about 7 p.m. Saturday when ornamental lighting across the street between 24th Street and 25th Street on Washington Boulevard went out.
It was after the movie was over that the three were hit.
Caldwell said he was five minutes away from the accident site when the pedestrians were hit.
He said he spent an hour working on the situation on the telephone Saturday following the crash. He said he wanted to assure city officials knew what had gone wrong and had a plan to address the situation.
"We have a triple redundancy to make sure something like that doesn't happen again," Caldwell said.
The three-pronged approach he talked about included adding temporary lighting in case the problem that caused the lights to go out Saturday couldn't be fixed, having police escorts on both sides of Washington Boulevard Sunday night, and fixing the lighting that went out Saturday.
Caldwell said an electrical problem caused the lights across the street to go out.
Officials hired a contractor to be on site Sunday morning to fix the problem, which Caldwell said was fixed before Sunday's movie began.
But Caldwell said city officials have discussed problems with mid-street crosswalks before.
"Certainly (Saturday) night was an example of the need to do something about it," he said.
Caldwell said the girl in the accident was out in front of the women with an orange flag over her head when the accident occurred.
An eyewitness to the accident said the pedestrians had just left the Banff Film Festival, held at the theater.
They were in a crosswalk, heading east across Washington, when they were hit by the southbound pickup, a 1991 Isuzu pickup driven by a 22-year-old Ogden man, said Ogden Police Lt. Will Cragun.
A witness said she heard a huge crash, then people started screaming and yelling, "Oh, no!"
Another witness speculated the driver may not have seen the pedestrians before they were hit.
At least one of the victims appeared to be coherent after the accident, a witness said.
-- Standard-Examiner reporter Scott Schwebke contributed to this report.