Bus carrying fans to the Masters crashes; driver charged with DUI

Bus flips on its way to Masters golf tournament in Georgia, driver charged with DUI
Drunk Driver Flips Tour Bus With 19 People Inside On The Way To The Masters
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08 April, 2018

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

Police say Hoppenbrouwer ran the side of the trail and over corrected until the bus overturned to the median. The driver, later identified as Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, was from Ginnett Co., has since been charged with a DUI and failure to maintain the lane. Around four people were taken to Doctors Hospital with conditions said to be ranging from good to critical, although all are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries; WRCB TV confirmed that the victims at the Doctors Hospital were also all adults.

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

Passenger Kip Plowman said the first time the bus swerved, the driver said he turned to avoid "a tire or a piece of metal in the road". WhitePages.com showed there were two places listed as Hoppenbrouwer's residence as of March.

Plowman said that the bus careened off the road and spun around one and a half times before skidding on its negative a excellent distance.

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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.

"Major incident here. Masters traffic affected for sure", state Transportation Department officials said on Twitter.

"It's not the way we planned the day", Plowman said. The company is based out of Suwanee, according to its website.

The bus is owned by Jet Executive Limousine, cops said in a brief news release.

A phone listing for Hoppenbrouwer was disconnected. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.


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