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Highway 126 still closed after dramatic mudslide strands drivers 


Highway 126 in California was still closed on Tuesday morning after an onslaught of rain caused a mudslide that trapped drivers. 

The incident began on Monday night, January 9th after the rain started. The rain and subsequent mudslides forced the closure of the roadway between Fillmore city limits to Fairview Canyon in Ventura County, California north of Los Angeles. 

According to KTLA, the mudslides caused multiple vehicles, including a semi truck, to get stuck on the flooded roadway. At one point there was approximately three feet of debris on the road. 

“Everything’s closed down. So, I live right here in Santa Paula, trying to get back home, but looks like I’m going to have to sleep on the side of the road today,” said Truck driver Luis Magana. “We’re not going to be able to get back today.”

Police say that, while the roads were closed, no one stayed stuck in the mudslide. Crews were able to pull all the stuck vehicles free on Monday night. 

As of Tuesday morning, six to eight inches of water, mud, rocks and other debris remained on the roadway. It is unclear when the highway will reopen.


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