Panic at the pump, cars gridlock Texas intersections
SAN ANTONIO - For the third straight day in Texas, people are panicking at the pump. State officials insist there is not a fuel shortage, but many stations in San Antonio are without gas.
"People still cutting off other people, almost causing accidents,” said one driver. “Things that don't even need to happen."
According to GasBuddy, more than half of San Antonio’s gas stations are without fuel. Also, many of the stations with gas have long lines.
“People panicked, and because they panicked, that's why we're out of gas,” said one driver.
At one Texaco in northern San Antonio the phone hasn’t stopped ringing. They’ve been without gas since Thursday.
"No ma'm, we are still out,” said a Texaco clerk to a customer over the phone. “We should have more by either Monday or Tuesday.”
Officials throughout Texas insist there's plenty of fuel. The San Antonio Mayor tweeted that there's no gas shortage in San Antonio, and to purchase gas as usual.
“Now we're having a gas shortage,” said one driver. “Because everyone is running to get a bunch of gas.”
“Absolutely they're wrong, One hundred percent wrong," said Ernesto Gutierrez, an Uber driver. “They're not driving around this town like I am. There's just not enough fuel. Someone needs to come up with a game plan and figure something out.”
We also saw one person run out of gas along Babcock Road north of Loop 410.
"We've been driving around all over, back and forth, over there, and here,” said William Murray. “No gas, until we finally ran out.”
Mayor Ron Nirenberg also tweeted that people are hoarding, saying we need to do better as we resolve this together.
The long lines at gas stations are expected to subside in the next few days. Again, officials urge everyone that Texas has plenty of fuel, and there's not a shortage.