Prius owner instantly regrets driving through the California mudslides when a wave sweeps him away Video/KTLA - Los Angeles
Video/KTLA - Los Angeles

Stunning video captured the scary moment a brave Prius driver attempted to drive during California’s first storm of the winter and got swept away by a deadly mudslide.

The storm slammed the southern part of the state on Monday and Tuesday, triggering flash floods and mudslides that have killed over a dozen people. In the shocking footage, the Prius can be seen “surfing” a wave of mud around a bend in a road and down a hill. It’s unclear if the car or its driver made it to safety, as firefighters did not locate the driver. They did, however, say they never received any reports of injuries in the slide.

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A mudslide damages as home after series of storms Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, in Orinda, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

While the storm was welcome following massive wildfires in the region, it has sadly taken the lives of at least 17 people with at least another eight missing. Nervous residents are currently waiting to hear from their missing loved ones while rescue workers continue to search for survivors.

“Right now, our assets are focused on determining if anyone is still alive in any of those structures that have been damaged,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

An overturned vehicle blocks a south bound lane next to a mudslide on Highway 17 Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, south of Santa Cruz, Calif. Flash flood watches are in place for parts of Northern California down through the Central Coast as heavy rains swamp roads and threaten to overtop rivers and creeks. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Using helicopters, responders have been looking for anyone who may be trapped in the mess of blocked roads and fallen trees and power lines. The friends and families of those missing are not giving up their hope that good news is on the horizon.


“We still have to have hope and believe that people can be found. There (are) dogs everywhere searching, but I truly believe we are going to find more people alive,” Montecito resident Curt Pickering told KSBY.

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