Masters bus crashes en route to Augusta, 17 injured, driver charged with DUI

Bus headed from Atlanta to Augusta overturns, driver handed multiple charges. 

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Fri, 6 Apr 2018

Seventeen people are being treated for injuries after a bus crashed on its way to the Masters on Thursday morning, according to WRDW and the Georgia State Patrol.

A tour bus heading from Atlanta to Augusta National carrying 18 people overturned around 8:45 am on the eastbound side of I-20. The bus, carrying 18 people, went off the right side of the road before going off the left side of the road and flipping over in the median.

The driver of the bus faces several charges, according to a release from the Georgia State Patrol. "Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, 61, of Gwinnett County, was Charged with DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane," the release said. Hoppenbrouwer was also charged with failure to wear a seatbelt.



"I didn't get to see Tiger, I didn't get to see the course, nothing," said one passenger, who described several serious injuries including a broken rib.

"I had my head banged into the window in front of me and then I was basically just lying flat on the other side because the van flipped over."

Five people are reported to be in serious condition.