Criminal negligence

jkcerda

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https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ln-paradise-evacuation-road-20181120-story.html
Paradise narrowed its main road by two lanes despite warnings of gridlock during a major wildfire

Nearly two weeks ago, Skyway was the scene of unspeakable horror when the worst wildfire in California history besieged Paradise. Up to 27,000 residents trying to escape the flames instead were stuck in traffic, the buildings around them burning. Some died in their cars when the fire roared over them.
. Sound town officials who narrowed the roads face charges?
 

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Bet the reason was $$$$$. Or actually, lack of.
It's more complicated than that. In an effort to improve traffic safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, they cut down the number of lanes and installed "bulb-outs" or concrete curbs that are designed to "calm traffic" or slow cars down during normal traffic.

However, the story notes:

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It’s far from clear whether the narrowing of Skyway — the largest of just four routes out of the foothill town — worsened the chaotic delays in getting out.

Mayor Jody Jones said Tuesday that the evacuation of Paradise, begun at 7:46 a.m Nov. 8, was complete by 3 p.m. Residents who arrived at a shelter in Oroville said the 16-mile exodus took 2½ hours, better than the three-hour evacuation in 2008 that sparked the Butte County Grand Jury’s investigation.
...Because of the evacuation problems in 2008, officials this time decided not to immediately undergo a full-scale evacuation, hoping to get residents out of neighborhoods closest to the fires first before the roads became gridlocked.

Emergency officials tried to stick with the plan, but the fire spread too quickly. Roads were blocked even before the evacuation order went out to additional neighborhoods.
In other words, people were able to escape in less time with more people, but the evacuation plan failed because orders were there was a delay in evacuation orders, and the fire spread faster than anticipated.

The narrow road was just one contributor to the fatalities.
 

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It's more complicated than that. In an effort to improve traffic safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, they cut down the number of lanes and installed "bulb-outs" or concrete curbs that are designed to "calm traffic" or slow cars down during normal traffic.

However, the story notes:





In other words, people were able to escape in less time with more people, but the evacuation plan failed because orders were there was a delay in evacuation orders, and the fire spread faster than anticipated.

The narrow road was just one contributor to the fatalities.
I am sure there were many reason. For the road narrowing, instead of widening and adding, they narrowed to add the lanes. See that in regions around my area. Sometimes the widening to accommodate bike lanes and activities is a physical impossibility.
Suspect we will see significant finger pointing to come.
 
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