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Animal waste spillage closes road

A Lincoln road has been closed after a lorry spilled animal waste.

Police closed Jerusalem Road between Skellingthorpe village and Doddington Road after reports of vehicles slipping on the offal and fat on Thursday night.

The county council's Highways department is due to spread absorbent material on the road on Friday, which will be removed on Monday.

The council said the road will have to be closed over the weekend to allow the clean-up to take place.

Road replaced

Area highways manager, Alan Brown, explained why the spill was dangerous.

"It just generates the perfect skidpan, especially where the tyres run down, it generates a very slippery surface.

"Visually it doesn't look that bad but if you drive over it at speed - and this is a long straight piece of road - then it could be lethal."

Highway officials said a similar incident some years ago led to the entire road surface being replaced.

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