Tour bus headed to Masters overturns, driver charged with DUI

Bus flips on its way to Masters golf tournament in Georgia, driver charged with DUI

A man was charged with driving under the influence after a bus he was driving to the Masters golf tournament overturned Thursday, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

The Georgia State Patrol said the crash occurred on Interstate 20 eastbound about 15 miles west of Augusta, where the tournament is held each year.

Official said none of their injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Nine victims were taken to Doctors Hospital in Augusta; one person is in critical condition, one victim is in serious condition, and one patient is in fair condition, the hospital said.

The bus is owned by Jet Executive Limousine Services, Inc. out of Suwanee, Georgia.

Passengers told investigators the driver veered off the roadway twice before he swerved a third time and caused the bus to overturn.




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. 18 people were onboard the bus at the time of the crash. He said: "It's not the way we planned the day".

At least 17 of the 18 passengers were treated for injuries at area hospitals.

He said the interior of the bus matched a photo on the company's website showing colorful strip lighting, a single row of seats lining each side of the bus and cocktail glasses hanging over a bar. The hospital said six passengers had been treated and released.

Authorities have closed one lane of traffic in both directions.

A phone listing for Hoppenbrouwer was disconnected.

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