Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


Mudslide sends Toyota Prius sliding down hill

WATCH Prius takes wild ride on mudslide in California Mudslide sends Toyota Prius sliding down hill
Conrad Doyle | 12 January, 2018, 21:45

"I just got pushed down the side of a hill by a wall of water and mud", Desionne Franklin said in an Instagram video after Tuesday's terrifying ride.

Franklin posted his own video on Instagram of the aftermath, saying he and his girlfriend had "barely made it out". The viral video was shot in Burbank.

Desionne Franklin told local news affiliate KTLA that conditions quickly got worse when they began evacuating.

"At first I was going slow and I could feel the rumble and I'm going to take my time, but then all of a sudden, you hear this loud rush of water at the back of the vehicle", Franklin said.

The auto got swept along the road due to the force of the mudslide. Franklin explained the scary experience.

"The steering wheel was shaking and we could feel boulders and rocks underneath us", Franklin said. "The brakes didn't work". "I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'".

So far, 17 people have died in the mudslides, and over 40 people are still missing. Apparently, a man named Desionne Franklin was trapped in the vehicle, doing everything he could to stop it. Rescue officials said numerous missing may simply have been unreachable by family and friends who reported they could not find them.

The region's natural beauty and easy access to Los Angeles to the southeast have long attracted the rich and powerful, including television personality Oprah Winfrey, former tennis star Jimmy Connors, talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and actor Jeff Bridges.

After months of natural disasters striking Southern California, residents are adding yet another to the list.

Crews on Friday continued to dig through the muck and rubble to look for more people.

The mudslides, which were ignited by heavy rain, took many homeowners by surprise early Tuesday, despite warnings issued days in advance the slides were possible due to the recent wildfires that stripped hillsides of vegetation that normally holds soil in place.

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