Possible fuel contamination at 4 Speedway locations causes headaches for drivers

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ENON, Ohio (WDTN) – Marathon Petroleum, the parent company of Speedway, LLC, said Wednesday it is investigating after fuel delivered to four of its stores may have been contaminated.

A spokesperson said Wednesday on the evening of January 10, regular unleaded gasoline was delivered from a supplier to four Speedway stores. That fuel may have been contaminated with diesel fuel.

The company said it is conducting and investigation into the matter and the fuel at the stores has been replaced.

The stores affected are:

  • Store 8574 90 N. Xenia Drive, Enon, OH
  • Store 1219 799 Arlington Road, Brookville, OH
  • Store 6219 6501 Miller Lane, Dayton; OH
  • Store 8014 2383 Dayton Pike, Germantown, OH

Customers who bought gasoline at these stores from 8 pm January 10 through January 14, 2020, and believe they have been impacted by the fuel should call Speedway’s Customer Service department at 1-800-643-1948.

Key Chrysler in New Carlisle tells 2 NEWS they’ve had cars driven and towed in as a result of bad gas the last few days.

“If the ‘Check Engine’ light comes on, it’s probably safe to drive to get to the repair facility. If it’s flashing, you should have it towed. If it’s running poorly, you should have it towed,” said Service Manager Steve Fletcher.

Fletcher warns drivers not to be tricked into replacing more parts than they have to.

“Some people out there that would probably recommend replacing all kinds of stuff on it…this is not going to do really any damage other than spark plugs, it’s just going to be a mess,” said Service Manager Steve Fletcher.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith addressed the concerns Wednesday afternoon, saying: “Diesel fuel in someone’s gas tank can do some major damage to someone’s vehicle very quickly, so this is an issue that county auditors around the state have been interested in for some time.”

He adds that Ohio is one of only four states in the nation that does not have a fuel quality testing program. The Montgomery County Auditor’s Office has been advocating for the implementation of such a program for the past 20 years.

“We haven’t seen a whole lot of progress made but hopefully things like this will serve as an impetus to try to get something done,” he said.

As a citizen, if you ever feel you may have gotten bad gas or think something wasn’t quite right, call the Auditor’s Office hotline at 937-225-6309.

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