A 7-YEAR-OLD VERNAL-AREA GIRL REMAINED HOSPITALIZED -- IN SALT LAKE, WEDNESDAY -- AFTER HER FOOT WAS RUN OVER BY A UPS TRUCK.

POLICE SAY THE GIRL WAS PLAYING WITH FRIENDS, AND RAN -- FROM BEHIND A LARGE GARBAGE CAN -- INTO THE DELIVERY TRUCK'S PATH.

THE DRIVER TOLD AUTHORITIES HE DIDN'T SEE THE GIRL... AND BY THE TIME HE STOPPED, HER FOOT WAS PINNED UNDER A FRONT TIRE.

AFTER A BRIEF STOP -- AT A VERNAL HOSPITAL -- THE GIRL WAS FLOWN TO PRIMARY CHILDRENS HOSPITAL.