North East Wales

Supermarket's water-contaminated petrol stalls cars

A major supermarket was forced to shut down one of its store's petrol pumps after fuel became contaminated with water and cars which had just been refuelled broke down on the forecourt.

Around a dozen motorists were brought to a halt at the Morrisons store in Ruthin Road, Wrexham on Wednesday and roadside assistance had to be called.

Morrisons said an inquiry has begun into why a warning system detecting polluted petrol had failed.

It said drivers would be compensated.

It is understood a warning system which involves floating sensors in the petrol storage tank to detect the presence of water failed to go off immediately.

'Flushed the system'

A spokesman for Morrison's said: "The recent bad weather caused some water, only a small amount, to get into the tanks.

"The sensors went off but about a dozen had got fuel. Yesterday we shut the pump down, drained the tank and flushed the system and refuelled."

He said Morrisons' insurers were in contact with the affected drivers.

"We're talking to them already and that will be handled by the insurance guys," he said.

The spokesman confirmed the motorists could expect to be reimbursed, adding: "I'm guessing that's what will happen."

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