A truck full of slime eels overturned onto an Oregon Coast highway Thursday afternoon, covering cars and the roadway with the slippery, slimy creatures.

The crash shut down the highway around noon and was reopened at 4 p.m.

The semi-truck was heading northbound, when a flagger stopped traffic for construction work. The driver was not able to stop the truck and it overturned, according to Oregon State Police.

Photos: Truck full of eels overturns

The truck was carrying 7,500 pounds of slime eels and the transfer of weight caused one of the containers to come off the truck bed and fly across the highway, police said. The other containers then separated from the bed and spilled onto the highway. The flat bed completely separated from the frame of the truck.

The container that flew across the highway caused a chain reaction crash, pushing four southbound vehicles into each other. One person suffered minor injuries.

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Police said when slime eels, also known as hagfish, become stressed, they secrete a slime which covered the road and cars involved.

The live eels were going to be shipped to Korea for consumption.