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Oregon highway 'slimed' after hagfish lorry overturns

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Media captionA road in the US has been "slimed" after a truck full of hagfish overturned in Oregon.

A highway in the US state of Oregon has been "slimed" after a truck full of hagfish overturned, covering cars and the tarmac with the animals and the sticky goo they produce.

Hagfish are eel-shaped fish, sometimes known as "slime eels". They have a skull but no jaw or spine and they secrete slime when stressed.

The 3,400kg of hagfish were to be exported to South Korea, where they are considered a delicacy.

No-one was injured in the accident.

However, one lane of Highway 101 south of Depoe Bay was closed while the clean-up took place.

The local authorities declared on social media that the highway had been "slimed" and tweeted photos from the scene.

Image copyright Oregon State Police
Image copyright Oregon State Police

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