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Tour bus headed to Masters overturns, driver charged with DUI

08 April 2018, 01:30 | Simon Arnold

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

The 61-year-old drivers was charged before 11 a.m. with driving under the influence as well as failure to maintain lane.

Some later reports claimed that there were only 18 passengers on the bus during the crash, although the number at this time is unclear; it is possible different reports included the driver himself and other did not, but this in unconfirmed.

Hoppenbrouwer is also being charged for not wearing a seatbelt, according to WRDW.


Victims involved in the tour bus crash Thursday morning say they noticed the bus swerving before they went off the road. Westbound traffic has since cleared but eastbound traffic is still heavy with single lane traffic being diverted to the shoulder.

The bus overturned in the median.

"You have a group of guys really hoping for a good time at the Augusta National and now this tragedy fell upon them, now they're in the hospital", Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Christopher Wright said. The hospital said six passengers had been treated and released.


Seven adult passengers were transported to Augusta University Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center, spokeswoman Denise Parrish said.

According to NBC affiliate WAGT in Augusta, Georgia the accident happened near mile marker 185 in Columbia County, Georgia. Various reports had as many as 16 passengers being taken to a nearby hospitals, with an area television station reporting five were listed in serious condition.

The crash caused I-20 to shut down in both directions, but the interstate later reopened.


The Georgia State Patrol said 18 people were aboard.



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