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Bad Gas Angers Drivers, Damages Cars in Seattle

Posted in Cars, Gas Prices by David | May 26th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

It’s bad enough that we have to pay high gas prices. What’s even worse is when you pay high gas prices only to find out that the gas has caused your car to breakdown. All the more reason to go hybrid, or even better electric.

Three gas stations were shut down temporarily on Sunday after at least 11 vehicles were damaged by bad gas the drivers had just pumped.

“I filled the tank up and as soon as I pulled away from the pump my car died,” said Mary Anne Trengove, who stopped at the Shell station on 2nd Street in Snohomish.

“When I got out of the car there was a gentleman who was putting gas in his lawnmower and noticed the gas was brown,” she said. “The guy right next to him had just filled up his motorhome and the motorhome did the same thing — started but didn’t pull away.

“While we were there people just kept wandering up to the station and saying their car had broken down.”

Officials said tanker trucks that filled up at the Shell Terminal on Harbor Island in Seattle at about 5 p.m. Sunday received a sludgy gas that may have been mixed with water.

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