Tour bus crashes on way to Masters Tournament; driver facing DUI charge

Drunk Driver Flips Tour Bus With 19 People Inside On The Way To The Masters

Eighteen passengers traveling from Atlanta were on board and "several" of them were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, the state patrol said.

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

The bus driver has been charged with DUI.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - All westbound lanes of traffic are now moving.

The Georgia State Patrol said passengers in the bus told troopers at the scene that Hoppenbrouwer had caused the vehicle to swerve twice during the trip before the accident eventually happened.

A man who answered the phone of the Georgia-based limousine company operating the bus refused to comment, according to multiple reports.

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Perhaps most disturbingly, the bus driver, identified as 61-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane, Georgia State Patrol told the Augusta Chronicle.

The bus overturned in the median on Interstate 20.

The bus was en route to the world-renown golf tournament, which started at the Augusta National Golf Club Thursday morning. Augusta University Medical Center also announced that they took in seven patients, likely the victims mentioned in early reports; of the seven, two were in fair condition but the remaining five were in serious condition.

All seven people being treated at AUMC are adults. Authorities have closed one lane of traffic in both directions.

The bus was carrying with 19 passengers when it flipped on I-20 eastbound near mile marker 185. This is near the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits and just outside of Augusta.

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