Nicole Vowell, KSL
Three adults on their way to a Christmas tree festival at the South Towne Exposition Center were hit and critically injured in a crosswalk.

SANDY — Three adults on their way to the Festival of Trees at the South Towne Exposition Center were hit and critically injured in a crosswalk.

A 17-year-old boy driving a red Mitsubishi westbound on 9400 South failed to stop at the crossing signal's red light about 7 p.m., Sandy police reported. Witnesses told detectives the light had turned green for the pedestrians to cross near 800 East, said Sgt. Dean Carriger.

The three were taken to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition, and the driver was evaluated for minor injuries.

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"It's always a tragic thing when something like this happens during such a unique holiday event" Carriger said, referring to the Primary Children's Festival of Trees. He cautions those waiting to use a crosswalk should make certain cars are braking before stepping off the curb.

The three victims ranged in age from 40s to early 60s, Carriger said.

Detectives were investigating but did not believe alcohol played a part in the crash. The names and specific injuries of those involved were not immediately released.

The accident caused traffic delays near the popular holiday show Thursday evening.