Watch a Toyota 'bobsled' down a hill in California mudslide

Driver in stunning video of Prius swept away by California mudslide shares his story

Burbank California residents are grateful they are unscathed after a wave of mud picked up their Prius, lifting it off the ground.

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

While it isn't clear whether anyone was there in the auto or not while watching the clip, according to the reports by ABC News, a man Franklin and his girlfriend were sitting in the vehicle when the video was shot. A terrifying video, widely shared on social media, shows Dallas native Desionne Franklin's vehicle going down a steep, curved path even as it is chased by a deluge of muddy water.

The video opens on a shot of 700 block of Country Club Drive - a hilly street, buttressed by homes - that looks more like a swift-moving river of sludge. "We've got to get out of here!'" Mr Franklin said. "The brakes didn't work". "I told my girlfriend, 'Hey, I don't know what's happening, but we've got to get ready to go'".

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"My girlfriend was screaming at the top of her lungs: 'Go, go, go!" He praised the auto for how it handled the mud and helped him and his girlfriend survive without serious injury.

The mudslides that have ravaged Southern California this week have killed at least 17 people and at least 43 others have been reported missing.

The mudslides, which were ignited by heavy rain, took many homeowners by surprise early Tuesday, despite warnings issued days in advance the slides were possible due to the recent wildfires that stripped hillsides of vegetation that normally holds soil in place.

The Associated Press reports 100 homes have been destroyed and 446 others were damaged in coastal Montecito, a wealthy enclave northwest of Los Angeles.

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