OGDEN -- Ogden city officials are currently investigating last week's auto-pedestrian accident near 24th Street and Washington Boulevard, but are quickly concluding there may be only one solution that will seriously cut incidents at mid-block crossings.
Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 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.
The older women were reported to be in critical but stable condition, both with pelvic fractures and one with a femur fracture, at a local hospital. Both were recovering from surgery as of Monday.
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 in Salt Lake City with a fractured skull and possible bleeding on the brain.
During a discussion with the city council Tuesday night, Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said engineers from the city and Rocky Mountain Power are investigating the cause of a power outage at the crossing that occurred the night of the accident.
Meanwhile, the Ogden Police Department is also investigating whether the driver of the truck was negligent.
"We don't have the full reports yet, but we should be getting them by the end of the week," Caldwell said.
Caldwell, who was at the theater at the time of the accident, said the city will explore a range of options to improve safety at the crossing and similar crossings in the city, but right now, the only solution seems to be putting up pedestrian crossing lights that would require vehicles to stop when people are in the crossing.
"Without a street light, we're not going to be able to provide the level of protection we need," Caldwell said.
"We've already aggressively painted and put up signage. It's time for a light."
Councilwoman Amy Wicks said the Utah Department of Transportation also has committed to work with the city.
"I've had some close calls at the same spot," Wicks said. "You are taking your life in your own hands when you are expecting people to just stop."
Caldwell said the city would work with local businesses to provide training on what to do in the event of a power outage at a crossing.
"Ogden is a great place, and we've got a lot of unique experiences to offer," the mayor said. "But what happened last week can't happen again."