POLAND TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – Vehicles lined up Wednesday with drivers hoping to take advantage of low gas prices.
Gas was lowered to $2.38/gallon at the Morgan Oil gas station location on Center Road in Poland Township. The reduction started at 2 p.m. and was given on a first-come, first-served basis. Just before noon, a line had already begun forming. The first vehicle arrived at 9 a.m.
“It’s a blessing because everybody out there is on hard times, now. They can’t pay all their bills or get groceries or anything,” said Theresa Woodbridge, of Youngstown.
The event was hosted by the political action group Americans for Prosperity – Ohio. The group says they want to highlight policies that have contributed to skyrocketing gas prices.
Vehicles were backed up on Route 224 as far as the eye could see.
“It’s a blessing. Gas prices are the biggest cost I got. I got a big car. It takes a lot of gas,” said Isaac Williams, of News Castle.
Jim Kirkham, also of New Castle, said gas prices right now are “ridiculous.”
“The gas prices are just through the roof,” he said.
With police on hand to keep the peace and station employees directing traffic, customers pulled up to the pumps one by one, some filling up and others just topping off or filling up gas cans.
Americans for Prosperity agreed to pay the difference between the current market price for gas, which is about $4.49, to bring down the price to $2.28. Organizers say they could serve about 150 customers before they reach their limit of 2,500 gallons, which happened in about two hours.
“I’m glad somebody thought about us. Thought about consumers needing gas,” said Darcel Waters, of New Castle.
Americans for Prosperity was in Latrobe, Pennsylvania Tuesday and will be in Steubenville, Toledo and Cincinnati later this week.
The group is also giving away free wings at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Royal Oaks, 924 Oak Street, Youngstown. Ten free wings will be given to the first 50 people.