Chaos struck motorists this morning as cars broke down across a motorway, slip roads and roundabouts after a petrol station’s diesel pump was diluted with water.
Vehicles were left unable to move after filling up at the Bristol petrol station in Eastville.
Video shows some scattered at the forecourt, but others has managed to make it to the M32, where their journeys abruptly ended.
Motorist Safoor Malik shared footage of the mayhem, warning: ‘Four cars are broken down, God knows how many there are more.’
A Tesco spokesman said: ‘Our preliminary investigation has found water in the diesel at one of the storage tanks at our Bristol East Extra petrol station.
‘The petrol station remains closed whilst we investigate the cause, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers.’
Chaos hit the petrol station in Bristol when water made its way into one of the pumps as men in high-visibility jackets had to help stranded motorists
This car (left) was among those stuck on the forecourt of the Tesco station (right) but some made it to the motorway
He added that the supermarket giant apologises for inconvenience caused by the necessary closure of the Bristol East Extra station.
The spokesman rubbished a previous rumour that there had been a mix-up between petrol and diesel pumps.
Footage showed vehicles stuck on the road in Bristol after the Tesco mistakenly put water in the pump
It came after Mr Malik had posted with his video: ‘Don’t fill up from Tesco in Eastville. They have mixed up petrol with diesel at the pump. They’ve put the wrong fuel in the pumps.’
Several cars were strewn across the rounds surrounding the petrol station, including a broken down BMW, a Mercedes and a van.
A car sits stranded near the petrol station in scenes outside a Tesco this morning where water was put in the diesel pump
Vehicles were stuck on the forecourt as well as roads surrounding the petrol station this morning
And a second video showed crowds gathering on the forecourt as they appeared to wait for repairs.
Mr Malik said that seven cars had broken down before dawn this morning, with Avon and Somerset police confirming they were called at 5.40am.
Eurotank Fuel Systems engineers have been spotted on the forecourt as the closure remains in force.