Texas native escapes California mudslide in Prius

Lloyd Doyle
January 12, 2018

"What you can't see in that video is the panic inside", says Franklin who uses his vehicle to work as a rideshare driver at night. "She's screaming at the top of her lungs - 'Hey, go faster, go go go, ' she's pulling my shirt", he recalled.

"I just got pushed down the side of hill by a wall of water and mud", he said in a separate Instagram video.

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

"Realistically we suspect we are going to have the discovery of more people killed in this incident", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said at a Thursday news briefing, adding that he was hoping to find "miracle" survivors.

"I love the vehicle now", Mr Franklin said.

"Man, look at California", he said in the video.

Desionne Franklin described the moment he and his girlfriend were inside a Toyota Prius, trying to escape a powerful river of mud, rocks and water as something out of a movie.


Several hours later, he received word that the storm's condition had worsened, and the neighborhood was being evacuated, according to KTLA.

"Franklin told everyone: "'We've got to go now.' I was a little frantic". Rescue officials said numerous missing may simply have been unreachable by family and friends who reported they could not find them.

"The steering wheel was shaking and we could feel boulders and rocks underneath us", Franklin said.

"When I got halfway down the hill, I just felt this burst of water hit the back of the auto", he told KTLA. "We have to leave right now'".

Torrential rainfall triggered a mudslide that sent one auto careening down a road in Burbank, California, on Tuesday. After turning the corner, Franklin said the sedan hydroplaned the rest of the way down the hill.

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

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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