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'Slime eels' turn OR highway into gooey mess after truck overturns

'Slime eels' turn OR highway into gooey mess after truck overturns

A rollover crash involving a flatbed truck carrying live eels left a trail of slippery slime on Highway 101 in OR on Thursday, July 13.

Police said the driver, Salvatore Tragale, was heading north with 13 containers holding 3,402 kilograms of hagfish, which are commonly known as slime eels.

- Hundreds of eels were seen slithering over a road following a wreck in Gleneden Bay, Oregon on U.S. Highway 101.

That flying container hit a 2017 Nissan in the southbound lane, driven by Arizona resident Kim Randal, 64.

Photos of Randal's slime-covered sedan quickly spread on the internet after being tweeted by Oregon State Police. On July 5, a truck in Georgia spilled thousands of gallons of raw chicken bits all over the interstate.

Slithery cleanup on Oregon highway after truck full of eels overturns

According to Oregon State Police, the truck was transporting the eels to be shipped to Korea for consumption.

The creatures - probably hag fish - and their slime were moved out of the road in part by a backhoe, said the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Officials said no one was seriously injured in the crash, and the highway reopened to traffic around 4 p.m. PST.

Meanwhile, the Depoe Bay Fire Department posted a video of workers using a bulldozer to clear the eels from the highway.

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