A BUSY Southampton road was closed this morning after a load from a lorry spilled onto the carriageway.

Canute Road in the city centre was shut whilst emergency services responded to the emergency call just before 11.15am.

According to Hampshire Fire and Rescue firefighters were called as a precaution to investigate whether drums that had fallen from the lorry contained any hazardous materials.

A spokesman said that there was not risk to the public and the incident had been passed over to Hampshire police whilst the obstruction was cleared.

The road was reopened just before 12pm..