Over a dozen injured after tour bus crashes in Georgia

A tour bus carrying 19 passengers has overturned on a highway in Georgia.                        WRDW-TV
A tour bus carrying 19 passengers has overturned on a highway in Georgia. WRDW-TV

07 April, 2018

The driver of the bus has been charged with DUI, among other charges.

The bus was taking 18 passengers from Atlanta to the tournament in Augusta when it crashed Thursday morning on Interstate 20.

Sixteen people were transported to area hospitals to be treated for injuries received in the crash. He bonded out of the Columbia County Detention Center Friday afternoon.

A passenger injured when a charter bus crashed on the way to the Masters golf tournament says he's thankful "everybody's alive". 18 people were onboard the bus.

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Sixty-one-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer is also charged with failure to maintain lane.

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The bus is owned by Jet Executive Limousine, GSP said.

The bus overturned in the median. Doctors Hospital reports that their trauma services team was activated at 9:04 a.m. and is treating nine patients whose conditions range from critical to good. Five were in serious condition and two in fair condition, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Now we have 7 people in the hospital, instead of at Amen Corner eating a pimento cheese sandwich with an icy cold beer. Westbound traffic has since cleared but eastbound traffic is still heavy with single lane traffic being diverted to the shoulder.

The bus was carrying with 19 passengers when it flipped on I-20 eastbound near mile marker 185. People wait years, sometimes generations even, just to get a once in a lifetime trip down to Augusta, GA to see this tournament.

Authorities have closed one lane of traffic in both directions.

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