Hundreds of eels slither over OR highway following wreck


In a truly slimy situation, a truck full of eels overturned on an OR highway Thursday, covering the road and another vehicle with moving sea creatures.

The truck's cargo was originally bound for Korea for consumption, according to the Oregon State Police, where they are considered a delicacy.

The Mitsubishi truck driven by a 59-year-old Lincoln man was loaded with thirteen containers of a net weight of 3.4 tonnes of hagfish (commonly known as slime eels).

"Cleanup on aisle 101", the police joked on Twitter, adding, "In this heat ... what is this going to start smelling like in the next few days?" They were being transported to overseas markets, OR police say.

As Tragale approached road construction and tried to stop, one container flew off the truck bed and into the southbound lane, while the other containers spilled onto the highway, police said.

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Erin Butler of McMinnville witnessed the crash and told FOX 12 that the scene was unbelievable.

The flying container hit one vehicle which then caused it and four other vehicles to be pushed into each other.

No injuries were reported.

Moving equipment and powerful water hoses were used to clean the road of the hagfish.