Thirty vehicles that filled up on diluted fuel at a Netanya gas station brought traffic on the major Tel Aviv-Haifa highway to a halt on Thursday.
The cars all came to a stop in the same area, several kilometers away from the Netanya interchange on Highway 2, some breaking down in the middle of the road.
The befuddled motorists quickly realized that they had all refueled at the same Sonol gas station, which later reported that a hole in one of its tanks allowed water to seep in, diluting the fuel.
Traffic Police cars were dispatched to the area to release the congestion and calm the furious drivers.
Sonol sent tow trucks to clear away the immobile vehicles and taxis to take their occupants home. The vehicles’ fuel tanks were emptied and they were refueled free of charge.