Car smashes into supermarket petrol pump
16:37 10 September 2012
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.”