It is not uncommon for various things to spill on a highway or freeway. Beer Trucks turn over, various objects fly out of the back of pickup trucks, and people throw stuff out their windows, but the Oregon State Police had a sticky situation hit U.S. Route 101 on Thursday that they had not seen before. A truck carrying live eels overturned and lost its load, cover cars around the truck in a icky, sticky slime.
Salvatore Tragale, the 59-year-old driver of the eel transport, was heading towards a construction zone and was flagged by a worker to stop. He hit the brakes and 7,500 pounds of slime eels shifted in the truck, causing it to tip over, according to CBS News. The truck lost 13 containers of the slimy sea creatures, spilling them onto the highway, causing four cars to wreck, with reports of minor injuries.
One witness said that when the eels hit the road, their brains could not, at first, comprehend what was going on. Thankfully, the truck did not hit anyone, but just dumped live eels on cars passing by and the road. Kevin White, the driver of one of the cars slimed by the eels said that he had to walk through a white goo that was thick and sticky to see the damage to his vehicle. He stated to the reporters on the scene that it was ugly.
Photos of the scene showed a white, gooey, slime that coated cars. Eels can be seen all over the place making for a freaky situation for those involved in the accident.
The eels were confirmed to be on their way to Korea. In Korea, as well as China, they are a delicacy. However, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) stated, these eels may not taste good anymore. According to ODFW, the slime eels, also known as hagfish, produce the slimy mucous from glands when they are threatened. Being dumped out of a moving truck onto the road likely spooked them in a way they had never been spooked before, causing the eels to produce more mucous than normal.
Oregon State Police are investigating the accident. Tragale has not been charged at this time, but police say that charges are pending.
What do you think about the slimy accident State Police in Oregon had to deal with on Thursday? What weird things have you seen dumped on the highway or freeway. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Cletus Dillwood
Photo Courtesy Oregon State Police