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.
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.