Published: Sun, April 08, 2018

Masters 2018: Charter bus en route to Augusta crashes, several injured

Masters 2018: Charter bus en route to Augusta crashes, several injured

A tour bus headed to the Masters Tournament overturned this morning, leaving one person in critical condition and the driver charged with driving under the influence, according to Georgia State Patrol and Doctors Hospital.

He also declined to say if Hoppenbrouwer was an employee or contracted to drive the bus. That's in addition to charges of driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane that the bus driver was jailed on Thursday.

Morris said Hoppenbrouwer left jail after posting bond Friday. Neither the GSP nor Gwinnett police have any previous DUIs on record for Hoppenbrouwer.

Sgt. Chris Wright of those Georgia State Patrol told The Associated Press one particular passenger told troopers he had decided before the wreck "I am not driving back together with him". All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Masters is one of pro golf's four major tournaments, and it draws fans from around the Southeast - and around the world.

According to NBC affiliate WAGT in Augusta, Georgia the accident happened near mile marker 185 in Columbia County, Georgia. People wait years, sometimes generations even, just to get a once in a lifetime trip down to Augusta, GA to see this tournament.

16 people are in area hospitals being treated for injuries received from that crash.


The bus is owned by Executive Limousine.

The bus overturned in the median.

Physicians Hospital in Augusta claimed in a statement Thursday that six of the eight passengers obtained there have been in very good shape or had been dealt with and released.

The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on eastbound I-20, about 15 miles west of Augusta.

WJBF-TV reports the Augusta University Medical Center says five patients were seriously injured and two are in fair condition. That's between the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits.

Authorities have closed one lane of traffic in both directions.

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