Cars break down after suspected fuel mix at Commerce City gas station


COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (KDVR) – State regulators are investigating after drivers said fueling a gas station had ruined their cars.

The pumps were turned off Monday in a Valero in Commerce City at 72nd Avenue East and Quebec Street.

It is not known how many vehicles were damaged or destroyed. State inspectors suspect that diesel may have been delivered to the gas station’s regular unleaded gasoline storage tank.

“I started from here and I didn’t even get to 56th place and Quebec, and my car just started to slow down and it stopped,” said Lucinda Wedgeworth.

Other clients have had similar experiences.

“[The car] started putting about six blocks away [from the gas station,” Jessica Meyers said.

At one point on Monday, more than a dozen drivers found their way back to the gas station after their cars broke down moments after fueling up.

“I’m very frustrated,” Wedgeworth said. “We’re all just waiting to get answers.”

A state inspector with Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Oil and Public Safety has fuel samples for analysis at a state lab, according to a department spokeswoman.

The state told the FOX31 Problem Solvers paperwork at the gas station shows diesel was delivered overnight to the location at 7191 Quebec St. Diesel isn’t an option for sale at the location. All of the pumps are affected, officials said.

Viewer video shows customers confronting the clerk on Monday as they tried to figure out who will pay for thousands and thousands of dollars in damages and lost wages.

In the video, the clerk can be heard saying that Valero “will take care of” all of their expenses.

“The problem is that I talked to you this morning. You guys didn’t shut the pumps down until 12:48,” Meyers could be heard telling the clerk.

“Yeah, I know, but we [didn’t] know… they put diesel in both, ”replied the clerk.

The state said it should be able to confirm by Tuesday what exactly was being stored and pumped at the site.

The gas station does not belong to Valero. The owner told FOX31 he had no idea of ​​the fuel mixture and said he was also a victim of the situation as he could not sell gas during the investigation.

FOX31 contacted Valero and a distribution company. Neither organization provided responses by the deadline for this report.


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