Whilst traveling on the Oregon highway today in Depoe Bay, drivers had a chance to catch a rare glimpse of something quite spectacular. A truck loaded to the top with live eels overturned, turning the coastal road into a slimy mess.
The Oregon State Police on posted a photo on Twitter that showed damaged cars which were covered by the disgusting looking eels.
The agency also posted the question, “What to tell the #drycleaner?”
Meanwhile, the Depoe Bay Fire Department also posted a video of workers using a bulldozer to clear the eels from Highway 101.
Police said that the driver, Salvatore Tragale, was driving northbound with a total of 13 containers holding 7,500 pounds of hagfish, which is more commonly known as slime eels to the public.
As Tragale soon approached road construction and tried to stop, one of the containers flew off the truck bed and into the southbound lane, while the other containers spilled into a gooey mess all over the highway, police said.
The flying container actually hit one vehicle which then caused it and four other vehicles to be pushed into each other in a massive pile-up.
Police said the people in the vehicle hit by the container suffered minor injuries and were fortunate that the incident didn't cause a fatality. No one else was injured.
Scientist says that when hagfish become stressed or threatened, they secrete a slime, which can be seen in the photos on the vehicles and on the highway, police said.
The road reopened after the bulldozer cleared the path and the fire department hosed it off which was completed by mid evening.