Tesco staff ‘mix up petrol and diesel pumps’ – leaving cars stranded

A mix-up at a filling station in Bristol left unlucky motorists stranded during the early hours of Monday morning.

The Tesco Extra petrol station in Eastville was was forced to shut down after staff reportedly mixed up diesel and petrol pumps.

The stricken cars caused chaos on neighbouring roads forcing police to attend the scene, Bristol Live reported.

One driver, Safoor Malik, posted videos of the incident which showed several cars and vans broken down on the forecourt, on the roundabout next to the store, and on the road from Tesco to the M32.

“Don’t fill up from Tesco in Eastville,” Safoor said. “They have mixed up petrol with diesel at the pump. They’ve put the wrong fuel in the pumps.

The video showed a BMW broken down, a Mercedes and a van among other cars.

“Four cars are broken down, God knows how many there are more,” he added.

A second video also showed a crowd of people gathered on the forecourt of the Tesco, seemingly waiting for their vehicles to be fixed or recovered.

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Safoor said, as dawn broke this morning, seven cars had broken down. “Some of the cars have broken down on the motorway, some on the roundabouts – chaos.”

Police attended after being called initially to stricken cars on the M32 .

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police said they were first called at 5.40am on Monday to reports of a car broken down on the M32.

Video from the scene around an hour later shows police cars in attendance at the fuel station.

A spokesman for Tesco said: “We have temporarily closed our Bristol East Extra petrol station for investigations after a small number of customers experienced problems after fuelling.

“We are in contact with those customers who have reported problems with their vehicles,” he added.

The fuel station remains closed this morning – with engineers from Eurotank Fuel Systems working on the forecourt.

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