Amazing Video Shows Toyota Prius Surfing California Mudslide

Amazing Video Shows Toyota Prius Surfing California Mudslide

Torrential rainfall triggered a mudslide that sent one auto careening down a road in Burbank, California, on Tuesday.

Franklin posted his own video on Instagram of the aftermath, saying he and his girlfriend had "barely made it out".

In this image from video provided by Eric Frowley with Burbank Firefighters Local 778 a a auto rides a wave of water, mud and rocks down a street in Burbank Calif., Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. A terrifying video, widely shared on social media, shows Dallas native Desionne Franklin's vehicle going down a steep, curved path even as it is chased by a deluge of muddy water.

"I could hear a rumbling and the rain was coming down hard and I said 'we gotta go now". With its headlights and windshield wipers on, the vehicle could be seen in the 26-second video going down Country Club Drive surrounded by a rush of mud, water and debris. Franklin explained the scary experience.

Franklin says when they got halfway down the hill, he felt a burst of water hit the back of the vehicle. "The brakes didn't work".

"My girlfriend was screaming at the top of her lungs: 'Go, go, go!"

A car sits in flooded water on Highway 101 in Montecito Calif. Thursday Jan. 11 2018. Rescue workers slogged through knee-deep ooze and used long poles to probe for bodies Thursday as the search dragged on for victims of Tuesday's storm after mud
The mudslides have killed at least 17 people

So far, 17 people have died in the mudslides, and over 40 people are still missing. "We've got to get out of here!'" Franklin said. "I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'".

Givens said they were hydroplaning.

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.

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