Kevin Coulter had just filled up his diesel truck at the Maverik gas station in Stansbury Park and was heading southbound on state Route 36 on Saturday. Suddenly, the engine of his truck stopped running.
Coulter, of Tooele, was approaching the Bates Canyon intersection and said his brakes felt stiff. He engaged the brakes on a trailer he was pulling and stopped the truck in the turn lane.
Coulter managed to get the truck started again and off the roadway at a residence in Erda. While checking out his vehicle, Coulter noticed the smell of unleaded gasoline and contacted Maverik.
In a post shared around local community pages on social media, Maverik identified any diesel purchases between June 8 at 10 p.m. and June 9 at 4 p.m. may have been affected by the mix-up. The post said the industry recommended fix is to drain the fuel and replace it with the correct diesel fuel.
When Coulter spoke with Maverik, he said they were cooperative and said they would tow his truck to a local repair shop. His truck has been stranded in Erda since Saturday.
“They told me they would fix any problems I have with my truck,” Coulter said.
According to the Maverik post on Facebook, anyone who purchased diesel fuel in the identified time period needs to provide their name, home mailing address, phone number, and proof of purchase to have their claim for repairs processed. Maverik can be contacted at email@example.com or call 1-800-789-4455.
Tooele County Sheriff Lt. Ron Johnson said it’s unknown how many customers were affected by the fuel mix-up. While the sheriff’s office has been quoted in various media reports, Johnson also clarified that no criminal charges are expected as a result of the improper fuel.