The Depoe Bay Fire Department then used a bulldozer to clear the eels from Highway 101.
Despite being nicknamed "slime eel" and their eel-like shape, hagfish belong to a family of jawless fish called Agnatha. They secrete a viscous slime that's unlike anything else in this world. Thankfully, the truck did not hit anyone, but just dumped live eels on cars passing by and the road.
The eel containers went flying, crashing into other vehicles. On one of the pictures, a vehicle involved in the accident can be seen partially covered with slime.
They also contemplated how bad it was going to smell once it heated up.
In case you haven't already seen enough, here are a few videos about hagfish.
These ancient and mysterious creatures were recently spilled across a highway in OR in a multi-car crash, creating a traffic hazard and multiple slime-coated vehicles. The marine creatures were certainly distressed when the truck turned over, spewing them all over the road.
OR has been trying to revive its hagfish industry, and state police said the truckload was to be shipped to Korea.
A Lincoln City man was traveling northbound on US Highway 101 when he could not stop his vehicle that was approaching roadway construction. He slammed on the brakes, and the containers became airborne, sailing into the southbound lane. According to the cops, the people in the cars were badly hit by the container but suffered some minor injuries.
The crates first struck a 2017 Nissan driven by Kim Randall, a 64-year-old from Arizona, reports The Oregonian.
Luckily, there were only minor injuries reported from the first auto struck, which is kind of incredible considering what it looked like after.