Bus headed to Masters crashes in Georgia; 9 injured

Bus headed to Masters crashes in Georgia; 9 injured

Bus headed to Masters crashes in Georgia; 9 injured

A bus taking passengers to the Masters golf tournament flipped over on a Georgia interstate on Thursday, injuring numerous people.

Steven Hoppenbrouwer was driving the bus along I-20 in Columbia County, Ga., toward the Augusta National Golf Club when the vehicle flipped over at about 8:45 a.m., cops said. Five of them have serious injuries and two were in fair condition.

Passengers on the bus told WRDW they noticed swerving before the bus veered off the interstate.

The driver was hit with a DUI charge after flipping the bus Thursday morning.

. Time to lock this alchy bus driver up for life. Neither the GSP nor Gwinnett police have any previous DUIs on record for Hoppenbrouwer.

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. He said: "It's not the way we planned the day".

The crash caused I-20 to shut down in both directions, but the interstate later reopened. It took several hours to clear the crash, and even then authorities advised drivers to look for alternate routes.

"Major incident here. Masters traffic affected for sure", state Transportation Department officials said on Twitter. The company is based out of Suwanee, according to its website.

All seven people being treated at AUMC are adults.

The bus, which was carrying a group from Atlanta to the tournament, is owned by Jet Executive Limousine, troopers said. "We're not making any statements right now", said the man, who wouldn't give his name. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

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