Lake Hughes mudslide: 50 people stranded in cars

Los Angeles County firefighters and helicopters were busy Sunday evening rescuing about 50 people who became stranded in two dozen vehicles in a mudslide on Pine Canyon Road in the Lake Hughes area.

The mudslide was first reported to the California Highway Patrol at 7:39 p.m. in the 20000 block of Pine Canyon Road.

The moving mud reportedly pushed vehicles across the road. One woman told the CHP her two children were on top of her vehicle that slid off the road. Others reported water was getting inside their vehicles.

Firefighters arrived at 7:41 p.m. to help evacuate people from vehicles.

Some people were rescued by firefighters on the ground while others were hoisted to safety by LAFD helicopters, according to an LAFD tweet.

The following road closures remain in place: 

  • Elizabeth Lake Road just west of Johnson Rd in Lake Hughes will be closed for the remainder of Monday
  • Lake Hughes Road from Pine Canyon Road south of Mile Marker 4.62 has one lane open to emergency vehicles only and local residents.
  • Pine Canyon Road from Schafer Road west to Three Points Road is closed due to various debris flow inundation.