You’ve been slimed

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

A HIGH­WAY in the US has been cov­ered in slime eels af­ter a five-ve­hi­cle col­li­sion.

The truck car­ry­ing the crea­tures crashed on US Route 101 on the cen­tral Ore­gon coast af­ter the driver, 59-year-old Sal­va­tore Tra­gale, was un­able to stop in time for con­struc­tion work, Ore­gon po­lice said.

The truck was car­ry­ing three tonnes of hag­fish in 13 con­tain­ers and the shift of weight caused one con­tainer to come off the truck and “fly across the high­way”, po­lice said. Then all the other con­tain­ers sep­a­rated from the truck and spilt on to the road.

No one was in­jured, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, but mul­ti­ple cars were af­fected and one lane of the high­way was closed for the clean-up.

Hag­fish have a skull, but no jaw or spine, and they se­crete slime when dis­tressed, earn­ing them the nick­name “slime eels”.

Kim Ran­dall, 64, from Ari­zona sus­tained mi­nor in­juries when his car (pic­tured) was hit.

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