Amazing Video Shows Toyota Prius Surfing California Mudslide
Jan 13 2018 by Kathy Alvarado
The Prius' owner, Desionne Franklin, was initially in control, but told news reporters, "When I got halfway down the hill, I just felt this burst of water hit the back of the auto", he said. "She's screaming at the top of her lungs - 'Hey, go faster, go go go, ' she's pulling my shirt", he recalled. Prior to his wild ride, Franklin, a native of Dallas, had taken to his Instagram account earlier that morning to post a video of the rushing water.
Givens said they were hydroplaning. "I ran back in the house and said, 'Hey, we don't have time for that".
Franklin and his girlfriend jumped in his Prius but before they could make it down Country Club Road the mud caught up with them. The vehicle is clearly running, with the headlights on and wipers engaged, and was able to get around the curve in the hill, even as a fresh wave of mud and water engulfed it.
Then a wave of water crashed into the back of the vehicle.
The video was shot in Burbank and shows the sedan nearly floating in the water. "I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'". "We've got to get out of here!"
At last, the Prius made it to the bottom of the hill.
At least one other resident of Country Club Road had her vehicle carried away too but luckily she wasn't inside it. Wendy Peters' auto was parked near her home when it was picked up and carried off.
"They looked like wadded-up pieces of paper", he said. His girlfriend was in the auto with him, he said.
Thankfully though, KTLA reports Franklin "managed to get some traction and maneuver the auto to the bottom of the hill, where several other smashed-up vehicles had come to a rest after similar journeys".
Franklin says the Prius only had a few scratches after getting him through hell and high water.