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OSP: Truck driver must clean up slimy debris on Hwy 101 after eel spill

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Oregon State Police Oregon State Police
LINCOLN CO., ORE (KPTV) -

The signs of a particularly smelly truck rollover in Lincoln County were still evident a day later with eels piled up along the side of Highway 101. 

Just after noon on Thursday, 7500 pounds of hagfish, commonly known as slime eels, spewed onto Highway 101 at milepost 131 after the truck transporting the livestock tipped over when the driver came upon highway construction traffic and was unable to stop.

Oregon State Police, along with other local agencies, responded to the slimy scene. Depoe Bay firefights helped remove the livestock from the roadway, in efforts that included a bulldozer. 

But now, officials say their cleanup job is done. OSP said it is now the responsibility of the truck driver, Salvatore J. Tragale, to handle what remains.

As of 9 a.m. Friday, eel debris was still "on the side of the road," according to OSP.

Troopers said Tragale will be cited for the rollover since the incident endangered others. 

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