Driver survives as auto surfs mudflow down California road

12 January, 2018, 20:19 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Desionne Franklin sits in his Prius Jan. 11 2018 two days after riding it down a river of mud in Burbank

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. "I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'".

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

"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.

Franklin said his friend packed his daughter and three cats in a vehicle and left.

Franklin drove slowly down the steep, curving rode through waves of rock-laden, muddy water. "We've got to get out of here!'" Franklin said.

"There was barely any traction", he said.

On his own Instagram page, Mr Franklin shared a video of the auto to show how the mud had reached nearly the car's windows.

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"I was completely at the mercy of the flow of the water."

The entire street of Country Club Drive east of Via Montana, an area that boasts several million-dollar homes, was under mandatory evacuation as the rain poured down, and several other roads throughout the area were under voluntary evacuation or closed to through traffic.

Desionne Franklin shared a video of the auto on his own Instagram page to show how the mud has nearly reached the windows of the vehicle.

The video emerged as rescuers frantically search for people who went missing after mudslides ravaged parts of Southern California earlier this week.

"They looked like wadded-up pieces of paper", he said.

Remarkably, nobody was hurt in the flooding.

Before he got into the vehicle, Franklin says he had made a decision to call into work. "It got us through hell and high water, literally".

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