Bus Bound For Masters Overturns On Highway; Driver Charged With DUI


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

The Masters Tournament, held each year at the Augusta National Golf Club, starts Thursday. He "ran off the right side of the road, and the driver then overcorrected to the left, causing the bus to turn over in the median", the state patrol said.

According to officials with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the driver of the bus, 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, is facing charges including DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane.

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.

Doctors Hospital in Augusta also said an additional seven people were being treated at their facility.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Officials with Augusta University Medical Center has confirmed they have received seven patients from the crash so far. Time to lock this alchy bus driver up for life.

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"It was bad to begin with, but it could have been a lot worse, we could be talking about multiple fatalities in this incident", Wright said. He said jail records did not list an attorney for Hoppenbrouwer.

At least two Richmond-area residents were passengers on the bus, but they are fine.

A person who answered the phone at the business declined to comment, saying the company was "in the dark" about the details of what happened.

The bus is owned by Executive Limousine.

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.