Contaminated fuel costs Piedmont drivers hundreds

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MEBANE, N.C. -- More than a dozen patrons at one Mebane gas station claim filling up their tanks cost them a lot more than just the gas.

"I had just filled up my tank and went about two miles," Carl Ward said. "The engine started shaking really hard. I wasn't able to accelerate anymore."

Ward is one of about 14 people, according to the State Department of Agriculture, who visited the Valero gas station on U.S. 70 in Mebane right around Christmastime.

The Department of Agriculture says, somehow, water had gotten into the gas station's fuel tank, which can cause major damage to a vehicle.

"Totaled about 800 plus dollars, had to have a rental for two weeks and that was another six hundred dollars," Ward said. "Plus I had to miss work a couple days."

Ward said when he noticed the issue with his car that day, he immediately returned to the Valero and found several others in the same position. He said he still has not received his money back for the damages.

"I'm not a person to try to go out and get back at anyone," Ward said. "I'm a father, I have kids, I work. I just didn't expect this added expense, and I would like them to do the right thing."

Ward said he's been in touch with the transport company, the gas station owner and the fuel company, all of whom attribute responsibility to the others.

Ward said he plans to meet with an attorney next week about possible recourse.

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