Truck carrying 3,500 kilos of eels overturns and covers cars in slime

Rob Waugh

It’s the stuff of nightmares – a truck overturned on a highway in Oregon, spilling several tonnes of slimy, wriggling eels all over five cars.

Inside was 3,500 kilos of hagfish – also known as slime eels – an eel-like creature which produces slime when distressed.

It’s safe to say that the hagfish were extremely distressed – after a truck failed to slow down for construction works and ploughed into five cars, with containers of hagfish flying over the highway.

Slime eels, otherwise known as Pacific hagfish, cover Highway 101 Reuters

No one was injured in the crash – but there was so much slime that emergency services had to employ a bulldozer to clean the highway.

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Slime eels, otherwise known as Pacific hagfish, cover Highway 101 Reuters
Slime eels, otherwise known as Pacific hagfish, cover Highway 101 Reuters
Slime eels, otherwise known as Pacific hagfish, cover Highway 101 Reuters




Turcker Salvatore Tragale was driving on Highway 101 with 13 containers of hagfish – and failed to slow down when part of the highway was blocked for construction work.