Coles Express employee’s $500,000 mistake at Ringwood East petrol station, Melbourne

$500,000 disaster as worker accidentally fills gas station diesel tank with 40,000 liters of the wrong fuel

  • An employee at the Coles Express petrol station poured unleaded fuel into the diesel tank
  • I realized the mistake afterwards and stopped the pump, no customers were affected
  • Workers spent hours emptying and cleaning the diesel tank at Ringwood East

A red-faced gas station worker left his workplace with a heavy damage bill by accidentally pouring tens of thousands of gallons of fuel into the wrong tank.

The strange mistake happened at Coles Express in Ringwood East in Melbourne last Thursday evening when a member of staff poured 40,000 liters of unleaded fuel into a diesel tank.

The worker realized the error soon after and quickly shut down the pumps to ensure no customers were affected.

The gas station was left without diesel for almost two days, with a damage bill of $500,000, the Chief of the Maroondah reported.

Workers spent hours emptying and cleaning the 40,000 liter diesel tank after unleaded fuel was accidentally poured into it

Coles Express at Ringwood East (pictured) had no diesel for two days due to the costly mistake

Coles Express at Ringwood East (pictured) had no diesel for two days due to the costly mistake

Workers spent hours last Saturday emptying and cleaning the 40,000 liter tank.

There is a chance that the unleaded gasoline and any remaining diesel fuel in the tank may have been mixed, but the fuel is set to be refined so that it can be reused.

Mixing unleaded fuel with diesel is not recommended and may cause engine failure.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Coles Express fuel supplier Viva to comment on the incident.

Melbourne motorists currently pay an average of $1.98 a liter when they go to fill up their vehicles with diesel, according to FuelPrice Australia.

The gas station ended up with a bill for $500,000 in lost fuel and clean-up costs

The gas station ended up with a bill for $500,000 in lost fuel and clean-up costs

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