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Car smashes into supermarket petrol pump

16:37 10 September 2012

Fire crews survey the scene at the Sainsbury’s petrol station on Sunday morning.

Fire crews survey the scene at the Sainsbury’s petrol station on Sunday morning.


Filling station temporarily closed following Sunday morning collision.

A BARNSTAPLE supermarket petrol station was temporarily closed after a car knocked over a pump yesterday morning (Sunday).

The forecourt at Sainsbury’s in Roundswell was cordoned off for around an hour after a customer accidentally reversed into the pump at around 10.30am.

A fire crew from Barnstaple was called to investigate the damage but stood down after ensuring the scene was safe.

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said no-one had been hurt and that the collision had triggered an emergency shut off valve designed to stop fuel to all pumps in the event of an accident.

He said: “One of the pumps at our petrol filling station in Barnstaple was damaged yesterday, so we closed the site for approximately one hour while the fire brigade carried out a precautionary safety check.

Once this was complete the filling station re-opened. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”


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