Drivers describe long night on road as mudslides engulf nearly 200 vehicles

Nearly 200 vehicles, including 75 tractor-trailers and two tour buses carrying passengers, were trapped on California 58 east of Tehachapi in up to 20 feet of mud and debris after torrential rains pummeled the area and forced drivers to flee.

Multiple mudslides hammered the highway just east of Sand Canyon between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. as commuters traveled on Tehachapi Pass, a crossing in the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County, said Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities said 115 vehicles, tractors-trailers and the tour buses were swallowed by several feet of mud.

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