A California man got out of his car. Then a giant boulder crushed it
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(CNN) -- A California man has recounted his near-death experience after he narrowly avoided being crushed by a boulder in his car.
Mauricio Henao was sitting in the driver's seat of his parked car in Malibu, California, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, when he received a phone call. He left the car to take the call -- and then heard the sounds of massive rocks tumbling down the hillside.
Owner Maurice Henao looks at the small boulder resting in his vehicle parked along the Pacific Coastal Highway in Malibu, California, U.S., January 10, 2023. REUTERS/David Swanson
"I just heard loud crashes," said Henao, according to CNN affiliate KTLA. "And I ran out and saw my car just crushed."
Dramatic photos show Henao's Prius with the roof caved in by the four-foot boulder.
"The rock is the size of the whole hood," Henao said. "The windshields are all broken and the frame of the car is just all twisted."
Debris from the hillside fell across four lanes of traffic, according to KTLA. While no one was injured, several other cars were also damaged by rocks falling down the hillside.
Henao told KTLA that the terrifying incident along the Pacific Coast Highway left him feeling distraught.
"I'm pretty shook up," he said, according to KTLA. "Honestly, I don't think I'll park here again after this. I'm a little traumatized by this whole ordeal."
The rockslide came after a historic storm hit California earlier this week. The fatal storm left millions under flood watches, toppled trees and flooded roadways.
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