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Bus carrying fans to the Masters crashes; driver charged with DUI

09 April 2018

A bus taking passengers to the Masters golf tournament flipped over on a Georgia interstate on Thursday, injuring numerous people.

The states' transportation department said the entire eastbound of the highway remained closed late Thursday morning.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - According to officials with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the driver of the bus, 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, has been charged with DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane. The bus was driving patrons to Augusta National to attend the tournament when Hoppenbrouwer ran off the right side of the road and tried to overcorrect.

Nine of the injured passengers were taken to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, which said in a statement that one passenger was in critical condition Thursday afternoon. He said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the roadway before it veered and crashed.

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At least two Richmond-area residents were passengers on the bus, but they are fine. He says some patients may require operations and added that none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

The bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence, the Georgia State Patrol said.

A tour bus traveling through Georgia has overturned sending more than a dozen passengers to hospitals.

18 people were onboard the bus at the time of the crash.

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Jet Executive Limosine owns the tour bus, GSP said. "They are fortunate. They went to a hospital to get checked out", Claud said.

A man who answered the phone number listed for the limousine company based in metro Atlanta declined to comment.

The crash caused I-20 to shut down in both directions, but the interstate later reopened.

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Bus carrying fans to the Masters crashes; driver charged with DUI