Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Man Whose Car Was Whisked Away By California Mudslide Recounts Terrifying Ordeal

Man Whose Car Was Whisked Away By California Mudslide Recounts Terrifying Ordeal

Firefighters from Burbank California are credited with taking this wonderful video showing a Prius being swept along in a mudslide.

"Rocks flowing, mud flowing everywhere".

Franklin and his girlfriend soon packed into the Prius.

"We all looked out the window and it was trees, rocks, boulders and an occasional auto just flying by", said Ashanka Givens, his passenger. "She's screaming at the top of her lungs - 'Hey, go faster, go go go, ' she's pulling my shirt", he recalled. They began packing their things and shoveled about 2 to 4 feet of mud that was caked up in front of the driveway, Franklin said.

"When I got halfway down the hill, I just felt this burst of water hit the back of the vehicle", he told KTLA.

"I could hear a rumbling and the rain was coming down hard and I said 'we gotta go now, '" Franklin said. "We have to leave right now'".

The video is truly horrifying to watch, and it's no wonder the driver thought he was going to die - but he made it out, safe and sound. After turning the corner, Franklin said the sedan hydroplaned the rest of the way down the hill.

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Desionne Franklin could see the wall of water and mud rushing at him in his car's rearview mirror - but there wasn't much he could do about it. Franklin and his girlfriend were inside his Prius in Burbank during Tuesday's storm when a river of mud came rushing down Country Club Drive.

"One of the cars looked like a wadded up piece of foil paper", said Franklin.

Despite driving in mud and a few minor scratches, the vehicle still functions fine.

"I didn't even know a Prius could hold up in nothing like that", he said.

The video was shared by Burbank Firefighters on Instagram and it is scary AF.

Massive mudslides in California, USA, have devastated the region, uprooting trees, demolishing cars and sweeping entire homes away.

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