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More than 50 people rescued after dozens of cars are swept away by mudslide on California highway

More than 50 people — including a mother and her two children who climbed onto the roof of a car when it slid off the road — have been rescued from a mudslide that swept down a Southern California highway after flash flooding from Tropical Storm Kay

  • A total of 24 vehicles got stuck on the highway on Sunday, killing 53 people, officials said
  • Video and photos from local residents show thick mud flowing over Lake Hughes Road 65 miles north of LA
  • Children were spotted clambering onto vehicle roofs for safety as cars were swept away in the mudslide
  • Helicopters lifted several people to safety and no injuries were reported
  • The mudslide came as the remnants of Tropical Storm Kay brought flood warnings and soaking rainstorms

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More than 50 people were rescued after a mudslide swept down a Southern California highway, trapping motorists when storms from Tropical Storm Kay soaked the region, causing flash flooding.

Videos from local residents show thick mud pouring into the Lake Hughes area over Lake Hughes Road and Pine Canyon Road, dragging cars and forcing children to get to safety.

The mudslide occurred Sunday night on Pine Canyon Road between Shaffer Road and Blaisdell Road, about 65 miles north of Los Angeles, according to a tweet from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Emergency services arrived at around 7:40 PM to free the vehicles that were unable to escape the flow of mud and debris.

A total of 24 vehicles got stuck on the road carrying 53 people well, according to a preliminary storm report from the National Weather Service. No injuries were reported.

The mudslide came as the remnants of Tropical Storm Kay brought flood warnings and rainstorms to parts of San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Dozens of adults and children covered in mud were rescued by Los Angeles emergency services on Sunday after a mudslide over Pine Canyon Road into Lake Hughes, leaving them trapped in their cars for decades.

Dozens of adults and children covered in mud were rescued by Los Angeles emergency services on Sunday after a mudslide over Pine Canyon Road into Lake Hughes, leaving them trapped in their cars for decades.

More than 50 people were rescued after a mudslide swept down a Southern California highway, trapping motorists as storms from Tropical Storm Kay soaked the region

More than 50 people were rescued after a mudslide swept down a Southern California highway, trapping motorists as storms from Tropical Storm Kay soaked the region

More than 50 people were rescued after a mudslide swept down a Southern California highway, trapping motorists as storms from Tropical Storm Kay soaked the region

Videos and photos from local residents show thick mud flowing over Lake Hughes Road, about 65 miles north of Los Angeles

Videos and photos from local residents show thick mud flowing over Lake Hughes Road, about 65 miles north of Los Angeles

Videos and photos from local residents show thick mud flowing over Lake Hughes Road, about 65 miles north of Los Angeles

The mudslide was first reported to the California Highway Patrol at 7:39 p.m. in the Pine Canyon Road area.

Firefighters rushed to the scene to rescue the stranded families and prevent the cars from being towed further into danger. A woman told CHP that her two children had to climb onto her vehicle that had run off the road.

Some were brought to safety by LAPD helicopters, while others were rescued by firefighters on the ground.

Flood warnings had been issued all evening before the mudslide Sunday, with up to 1.25 inches of rain in San Bernardino province.

Most flood deaths occur in vehicles, and people are encouraged to exercise caution around bodies of water, underpasses, and in poor drainage areas.

Crews have been working to clean up the area, but the Southbound Lake Hughes Road area south of Elizabeth Lake Road and other roads in the area were closed until further notice due to the mudslide.

Photo shows a car stranded among the mud and rubble after a mudslide poured over the highway

Photo shows a car stranded among the mud and rubble after a mudslide poured over the highway

Photo shows a car stranded among the mud and rubble after a mudslide poured over the highway

Aerial videos from local news stations show cars stranded in the mudslide that covered a Southern California highway

Aerial videos from local news stations show cars stranded in the mudslide that covered a Southern California highway

Aerial videos from local news stations show cars stranded in the mudslide that covered a Southern California highway

Southbound Lake Hughes Road south of Elizabeth Lake Road, and others in the area, were closed until further notice

Southbound Lake Hughes Road south of Elizabeth Lake Road, and others in the area, were closed until further notice

Southbound Lake Hughes Road south of Elizabeth Lake Road, and others in the area, were closed until further notice

Heavy rain past a Southern California burn caused a mudslide Sunday night, trapping multiple cars in the rubble and prompting rescue attempts

Heavy rain past a Southern California burn caused a mudslide Sunday night, trapping multiple cars in the rubble and prompting rescue attempts

Heavy rain past a Southern California burn caused a mudslide Sunday night, trapping multiple cars in the rubble and prompting rescue attempts

Firefighters rushed to the scene to rescue the stranded families and prevent the cars from being towed further into danger.  A woman told CHP her two children had to climb onto her vehicle that had run off the road

Firefighters rushed to the scene to rescue the stranded families and prevent the cars from being towed further into danger.  A woman told CHP her two children had to climb onto her vehicle that had run off the road

Firefighters rushed to the scene to rescue the stranded families and prevent the cars from being towed further into danger. A woman told CHP her two children had to climb onto her vehicle that had run off the road

Motorists try to trudge through the thick mud that swept down the highway in Los Angeles County last weekend

Motorists try to trudge through the thick mud that swept down the highway in Los Angeles County last weekend

Motorists try to trudge through the thick mud that swept down the highway in Los Angeles County last weekend

On Sunday night, thick mud and debris spilled over the highway, pushing cars off the road and trapping motorists

On Sunday night, thick mud and debris spilled over the highway, pushing cars off the road and trapping motorists

On Sunday night, thick mud and debris spilled over the highway, pushing cars off the road and trapping motorists

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