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14 July 2017

Truck carrying ‘slime eels’ overturns, coating cars and highway in Oregon, US

A truck full of ‘slime eels’ overturns, coating cars and a highway. Picture: Oregon State Police.

A HIGHWAY in the United States has been covered in slime eels after a five-vehicle collision.

The truck carrying the creatures crashed on US Route 101 on the central Oregon coast after the driver, 59-year-old Salvatore Tragale, was unable to stop in time for construction work, the Oregon police said.

The truck was carrying three tonnes of hagfish in 13 different containers and the shift of weight caused one of them to come off the truck and “fly across the highway,” police said.

Then all the other containers separated from the truck too and spilt onto the road.

No one was injured, according to police, but multiple cars were affected and one lane of the highway was closed while the clean-up took place.

Hagfish have a skull but no jaw or spine and they secrete slime when distressed, earning them the nickname “slime eels.”

The crates first struck a 2017 Nissan driven by Kim Randall, a 64-year-old from Arizona, reports The Oregonian .

Randall sustained minor injuries in the crash, but no one else was injured.

Eels, or hagfish, have a skull but no jaw or spine and they secrete slime when distressed, earning them the nickname “slime eels.”

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