Leicester Mercury

Spoiled fuel driver left with £500 repair bill

- By CIARAN FAGAN ciaran.fagan@reachplc.com @ciaranefag­an

ONE of the drivers who inadverten­tly filled their cars with “contaminat­ed” petrol at the Morrisons petrol station in Leicester this week says her repair bill has hit £500.

The woman bought fuel at the Freemen’s Common shop around midday on Tuesday and got only a few hundred metres before her car broke down in Aylestone Road.

She managed to pull into a car dealership before her car gave up and she and her mum were stranded until she was able to arrange for the car to be towed to a garage.

The driver, who has asked not to be named, said she collected her car from the garage on Thursday - along with a £498 bill.

An unknown number of customers suffered the same fate until Morrisons closed the pumps on Tuesday afternoon.

The company confirmed yesterday that eight pumps were dispensing the contaminat­ed fuel. Tests are still being carried out to establish what happened.

The woman said: “We didn’t even get a mile. We were around the corner from Morrisons when the car began to judder and I could feel it was about to stall.

“I said to my mum ‘the car is cutting out’ and managed to pull over to the kerb. I tried to turn it on again but there was no ignition at all. I’ve tried calling the Morrisons’ customer service people and I’ve emailed them but I haven’t heard anything definite yet. “They said it would be a few days. “I was there at 12.15pm.

“I don’t know what time everything was switched off, but that is a busy petrol station, so a lot of people would have been affected.”

The supermarke­t giant says it closed the forecourt when the problem came to light and has confirmed that some fuel was contaminat­ed but has not specified what the contaminan­t was.

It said a sample was being analysed but the results were not available yet. An investigat­ion into what went wrong is under way.

A Morrisons spokesman told the Mercury earlier this week: “A contractor completing maintenanc­e work on our tanks accidental­ly transferre­d some contaminat­ed product into a live tank. We reacted immediatel­y and shut off the pumps.

“We are investigat­ing what caused the issue but the petrol station is back up and running as normal.”

Yesterday, a spokeswoma­n confirmed eight pumps had been affected and added: “All incidents and claims will be dealt with by our customer service and insurance department.

“All complaints should be logged with the store team or via 0345 611 6111.”

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