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A Truck Full Of Slime Eels Spilled Into The Highway And It Was The Stuff Of Nightmares

Do you want to get slimed?

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The truck carrying the creatures crashed on US Route 101 after the driver, 59-year-old Salvatore Tragale, was unable to stop in time for construction work, the Oregon State Police said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

The truck was carrying 7,500 pounds of slithering fish 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 spilled onto the road.


People noted that while there were no major human injuries, a few sea creatures were probably impacted by the crash.

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Police said there was so much slime on the street because the animals secrete the stuff when they are stressed out. Sad!

Also adding to the creepiness, authorities initially thought the slimy creatures were eels, but it turned out they were actually hagfish.

Animals involved in today's incident were hagfish!

Hagfish are slimy fish that look like eels — they are actually commonly known as slime eels — and are the only known animal to have a skull but no vertebral column. Fun stuff!


The type of hagfish found in the Pacific Northwest is used in cuisine in Korea and by the Korean diaspora. The Oregon State Police said on Twitter that the creatures were being transported to Korea for "consumption."

Even though the whole thing was very sticky, local authorities involved with the cleanup seemed to be enjoying it.

Operation eel cleanup with @OregonDOT 2 lanes now open

They also contemplated how bad it was going to smell once it heated up.

@OregonDOT @LincolnCountySO In this heat... what is this going to start smelling like in the next few days?😳

The spill shut down the highway for several hours, but the Oregon Department of Transportation said it had reopened by 4 p.m.

All lanes of US101 now open at MP 131, S of #DepotBay after a truckload of #eels overturned, covering the roadway. Use caution in the area.

The Transportation Department followed up by acknowledging that we will all be having nightmares now.

We're signing off for the evening, but I doubt we'll sleep tonight because...#eels

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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