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Drivers Upset After Finding Out They Filled Tanks With Wrong Liquid At Petrol Station

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Drivers Upset After Finding Out They Filled Tanks With Wrong Liquid At Petrol Station

Motorists who filled up at a Georgia petrol station were left fuming after a mix-up meant they filled up their vehicles with the wrong type of fuel. 

At Murphy USA station in LaFayette, customers who thought they had been pumping unleaded petrol into their cars were actually filling up with diesel - causing the vehicles to stop running as they should. 

One customer who unwittingly filled his car with the wrong fuel told WTVC: " I got out on the interstate or on the highway and it was sluggish you know just not acting right you know kind of bogging down.”

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While another said: "I got gas at 8:45 this morning at Murphy's in LaFayette, left there and as I was driving I noticed the car felt like it didn't have power to go. I made a couple of stops and it wouldn't start back up .. finally it did and I was able to make it home but it would barely run."

Drivers were left fuming when they realised their vehicles were filled with the wrong type of fuel. Credit: Pixabay
Drivers were left fuming when they realised their vehicles were filled with the wrong type of fuel. Credit: Pixabay

Jermiah Nez, from Automotive Specialists, said the company had received numerous calls from customers who had issues ith their cars. 

He said: "One after another there's a lot of people stalling out now people have a fuel problem." 

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Nez told the news outlet a fix for the issue would take around two hours and set motorists back around $200. 

Anyone who has put diesel in their car in error has been told not to attempt to drive it, as that could make things worse and a repair more costly - with a worst-case scenario of an entire fuel system replacement that could cost upwards of $1,000. 

Since the error has been brought to light, Murphy USA said it will ‘make things right’ for anyone who was involved in the mix-up. 

The company has since issued a statement urging those who were impacted by the mistake to get in touch.

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(Stock image). Credit: Pixabay
(Stock image). Credit: Pixabay

It said: “Murphy USA has become aware that diesel fuel was mistakenly delivered and placed into an underground storage tank at the Murphy USA location on Highway 27 in LaFayette, GA and that several customers this morning unknowingly filled their unleaded fuel vehicles with diesel fuel. 

“We sincerely regret that this mistake occurred and intend to make things right for all impacted customers. If you were impacted by this event, please call Murphy USA’s Customer Care line at 1-800-843-4298 to speak with one of our representatives.”

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Topics: News, US News

Claire Reid
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