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Cheap Gas Causes Traffic Problems

PASCO, Wash - The cheapest gas in town seems to be causing some traffic problems.

At Columbia Corners Market on Court Street in Pasco, the gas price is so low, people are lining up at the pumps, causing backups and traffic problems.

The owner, Shyan Din said a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy hinted that raising the prices would ease congestion. Din raised them from $2.51 to $2.56.

Richard Lathim at the Franklin County Sheriff's Department said they never told him to raise prices, merely gave it as one possible solution.

Lathim said the Columbia Corners Market has been the scene of fist fights over who gets the next gas hose, a ticket for cutting people off and trespassing.  

Din said he has a meeting scheduled for Thursday morning with Sheriff's Department leaders to figure out a solution so he can continue to keep his prices low.

He also said prices will go back down to $2.51 Wednesday night at nine, and they'll go back up to $2.56 Thursday morning at seven.

The average price of gas in the Tri Cities is $2.66 per gallon, according to Triple-A.