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Accident spread hangfish on Oregon’s US Highway 101 and produced a car pileup

Slime eels, also known as "hagfish," spread on the road after a car accident, produced  a car pileup on Oregon's US Highway 101 at noon on Thursday. A truck carrying them overturned between Newport and Depot Bay, at milepost 131.

Thirteen containers of slime eels, weighing 7,500 pounds, spilled onto the highway after the truck driver transporting the cargo hit his brakes to avoid a construction zone. They sailed into the southbound lane, starting a chain reaction of collision. Hundreds of live slime eels were on the road. One of the containers struck a car traveling in the opposite direction, causing a four-vehicle pileup.

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Hangfish on the road

The crates first struck a 2017 Nissan driven by Kim Randall, a 64-year-old from Arizona. The impact pushed the Nissan back into a Honda CRV, driven by Rachel Craven of Toledo. Craven's car then collided into a white Ford Focus driven by two women, Kristine Torp and Melissa Waage, from Norway. The Focus struck a 2017 Ford F150 containing Kevin, Donna and Brandon White from Tigard.One driver was injured. “When Hagfish become stressed, they secrete a slime, which can be seen in photos on the vehicles in the highway," a statement from Oregon State Police explained. The slime from a hagfish can expand to more than five gallons when combined with water.This caused slippery conditions. The highway was down to one lane for several hours, The road was cleared for two-way traffic by 3:30 p.m. The eels were going to be shipped to Korea for consumption, where they are a delicacy.

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