Butte Co. officials urging CalTrans to implement traffic signs after deadly Hwy. 99 crash

After Wednesday's fiery crash, Butte County officials are further urging Caltrans to implement more signs at dangerous intersections.

Posted: Jun 11, 2020 7:32 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2020 2:36 PM

CHICO, Calif. - After the June 10 fiery and deadly crash, Butte County officials are further urging CalTrans to implement more signs at dangerous intersections.

The crash involving a big rig and five other vehicles collided at around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. CHP is still investigating the cause of the crash.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and five others were transported to the hospital.

This crash is similar to another incident from June 21 of 2019 at the same intersection involving a big rig and four other vehicles where two people died.

It's this repeat of history that is forcing Butte County Supervisors to push CalTrans to do more.

RELATED: Authorities identify 2 killed in multi-vehicle collision on Highway 99, south of Chico

"We've been promised that the improvements to that intersection concerning safety would be implemented over several months," said Butte County Supervisor, Bill Connelly. "That promise came from Caltrans. This is through the urging of Supervisor Lambert who has shown continuous concern and has urged Caltrans to make these improvements."

Chico residents think adding more signs may not be enough to prevent more accidents.

"I just don't think that's enough," said Vince Carbone, a concerned Chico resident. "I think we need to keep fighting until we get an overpass. You have minimal time to stop." 

CalTrans did not confirm a set date for new signs to be installed, but they plan to do it soon, according to county supervisors.

"Caltrans has informed us they've scheduled for early 2021 and hopefully they'll move that timeline up in light of this tragedy," said Connelly.

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