Clean-up, Aisle 101: Truck carrying 7,500 lbs of slime eels overturns on highway

Eel truck overturns on Highway 101 (Photo: Oregon State Police)

A truck carrying slime eels overturned on Highway 101 Thursday, covering the roadway in slime.

Troopers say a Lincoln City man traveling northbound on Highway 101 carrying 7,500 pounds of slime eels failed to stop his truck when an Oregon Department of Transportation worker advised him to do so.

The transfer of the weight caused one of the containers to come off the truck, flying across the highway into the southbound lanes. The rest fell and spilled into the highway.

The flying containers of eel caused a chain-reaction crash, pushing four cars into each other. Only the people in the first car that was struck were injured, but they're expected to be OK.

A pair of tourists from Norway were also involved. Highway 101 was cleared and opened back up to traffic just before 4 p.m.

Officials say slime eels, or hagfish, secrete slime, which can be seen in the video below:

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