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Alburtis man causes I-78 accident, flees scene

State police say charges are pending against Peter Haasz

WILLIAMS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Two Lebanon County residents were injured on Interstate 78 in Northampton County Friday morning when another driver hit their car, causing it  to spin out of control.

State police are calling it a hit and run crash with injuries.

They report charges are pending against 31-year-old Peter Haasz of Alburtis, who fled the accident scene and was not injured.

Lynne Fields, 77, and Richard Fields, 90, were transported to Easton Hospital for what police defined as injuries of unknown severity. Both are from Cleona, Lebanon County.

According to police, shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, Lynne Fields was driving a 2004 Subaru Outback east in the left lane of I-78 in Williams Township.

Haasz, who was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer, came up behind her at a high rate of speed.

Even though Fields was in the left passing lane, police said Haasz began to pass her by going onto the left-hand shoulder of the highway. 

The right rear tire of the Explorer impacted the driver's side door of the Subaru, causing Fields to swerve out of control to the left, striking a guide rail.

Her car then went to the right, crossing all three eastbound lanes. The front of the Subaru struck a concrete barrier, spun clockwise and hit it again.

The accident happened at mile marker 77.

The Subaru received major damage.

Haasz fled but later reported his involvement.

Various charges are pending against him, according to police.

The Ford Explorer driven by Haasz received only minor damage.

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