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Truck carrying eels overturns, spilling slimy animals across OR road

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Howard Terry | 15 July, 2017, 00:30

According to a local affiliate, the truck driver slammed on his brakes while approaching a construction zone, and gravity took over, with one container striking a vehicle in the opposite lane.

The containers spilling caused a chain reaction that pushed 4 vehicles into each other. No one was seriously injured.

The Oregon state police tweeted that the eels were being shipped to Korea where they are considered as delicacies.

Police said when slime eels, also known as hagfish, become stressed, they secrete a slime which covered the road and cars involved.

But the sea creatures didn't garner any sympathies.

Why was this truck carrying eels, and how did it crash?

Witness Erin Butler said: "They were writhing and slimy, and it was unbelievable, just unbelievable".

The road reopened after the clean-up job was completed Thursday afternoon. They then tie themselves into a knot, sliding the slime off their scale-less skin in the process, making them hard to capture.

Only minor injuries reported from first vehicle.

The fire department said the animals are actually hagfish, which are eel shaped animals that produce slime.

Pictures released by the Oregon State Police reveal a slimy scene as hundreds of the critters spilled out all over the road.

They are usually caught in the west coast of the United States and were on their way to Korea, where they are considered a delicacy.

"[I'll remember] the sliminess of it all", she said, adding, "I will never eat eel".

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