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Truck driver charged in Pa. crash that closed I-81

November 20, 2013
Associated Press

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in south-central Pennsylvania have filed charges against a tractor-trailer driver who fled the scene of an accident that closed Interstate 81 for hours.

Court documents indicate 41-year-old Ricky Lynn Hatfield of New Tazwell, Tenn., faces counts including aggravated assault while driving under the influence.

Police say Hatfield was driving erratically Tuesday evening when he struck two disabled vehicles stopped on the shoulder near Exit 13 in Guilford Township. The cars' drivers were seriously injured.

Authorities say Hatfield fled the scene, but was later found in a gas station bathroom. He remained jailed in Franklin County on Wednesday. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

The crash closed a stretch of southbound lanes on I-81 for two hours. Northbound lanes were closed for about eight hours.

 
 

 

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