Crash of water and a terrifying ride: Driver glad he's alive

Bessie Dean
January 14, 2018

The terrifying video is going viral on social media in which Dallas native Desionne Franklin's auto can be seen flowing on the top of river of mud and is going in the downwards direction.

Desionne Franklin rode his Prius down a wave of mud and survived. The mudslides have left at least 17 people dead.

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

"There was barely any traction", he said.

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. For 30 seconds, Franklin lost all control of the vehicle before regaining a little traction.

Franklin managed to get traction and maneuver the vehicle down the hill without anyone getting hurt.

"'Oh, this might be how it ends, '" he said he thought.

At last, the Prius made it to the bottom of the hill.

Remarkably, nobody was hurt in the flooding.

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However, others have not been so lucky.

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

The oldest victim was Jim Mitchell, who had celebrated his 89th birthday the day before.

According to their daughter, the Mitchells loved their home in the seaside enclave of Montecito where they moved in 1995.

The youngest victim was three-year-old Kailly Benitez, one of four children killed.

We've reached out to Burbank Firefighters to find out if the driver of the vehicle is OK, but according to multiple comments in the captions, the driver came out just about unscathed and posted his own clip.

"In disaster circumstances there have been many miraculous stories lasting many days and we certainly are searching for a miracle right now", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

"We were able to find people", Ms Anderson said, but added that the number could continue to fluctuate greatly.

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