Bus Bound For Masters Overturns On Highway; Driver Charged With DUI

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

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Officials with Augusta University Medical Center has confirmed they have received seven patients from the crash so far.

The driver of the bus, Steven Hoppenbrouwer, 61, was found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and has been charged with DUI and with with failure to maintain lane. At this time, people are being told to avoid the area.

Several passengers were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Nine of the injured passengers were taken to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, which said in a statement that one passenger was in critical condition Thursday afternoon.

The bus carrying 18 passengers crashed at about 8:45 a.m. Thursday, just as fans were driving in for the tournament's first round.

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The states' transportation department said the entire eastbound of the highway remained closed late Thursday morning. WhitePages.com showed there were two places listed as Hoppenbrouwer's residence as of March. The company is based out of Suwanee, according to its website.

A tour bus traveling through Georgia has overturned sending more than a dozen passengers to hospitals. It says they serve Gwinnett, including Lawrenceville, Buford, Suwanee and Duluth, as well as other parts of metro-Atlanta area.

The crash originally led to the closure of lanes on both sides of the interstate.

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

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