At least 12 injured as bus overturns en route to Masters

Grant SmithApr 08, 2018

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.

Hoppenbrouwer is also being charged for not wearing a seatbelt, according to WRDW.

Morris said Hoppenbrouwer left jail after posting bond Friday. WhitePages.com showed there were two places listed as Hoppenbrouwer's residence as of March.

"They were starting to become concerned about his ability to drive", Wright told The Associated Press in a phone interview. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

A Gwinnett County man has been arrested for driving under the influence of an unspecified type of drugs after flipping a charter bus on Interstate 20 Thursday morning while taking passengers to the Masters Tournament in Augusta.

According to NBC affiliate WAGT in Augusta, Georgia the accident happened near mile marker 185 in Columbia County, Georgia. That's between the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits.

16 people are in area hospitals being treated for injuries received from that crash.

Jet Executive Limosine owns the tour bus, GSP said.

Sgt. Chris Wright of this Georgia State Patrol says 18 Guests had been driving the bus from Atlanta to Augusta for the first round of the Experts as Soon as the bus overturned on Interstate 20.

The bus overturned in the median. He said the bus was filling up with smoke as he climbed through a window above his head.

The crash blocked lanes in both directions about 15 miles from the golf tournament along a major route from Atlanta, where many golf fans fly in before driving the last leg. Westbound traffic has since cleared but eastbound traffic is still heavy with single lane traffic being diverted to the shoulder.

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 evening. Chief Medical Officer Phillip Coule said that five of those patients are in serious condition.

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