Car smashes into supermarket petrol pump

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.


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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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