New charges added in bus crash that injured Masters patrons

Bus flips on its way to Masters golf tournament in Georgia, driver charged with DUI

Even a Georgia hospital says it truly is treating nine travellers - for example one in critical condition - that have been injured when a constitution bus overturned along the best way into the Masters golf tournament.

16 people are in area hospitals after a tour bus crashed on the way to Augusta National Golf Club. A tour bus headed to the Masters golf tournament overturned on a Georgia interstate on Thursday, causing injuries including broken bones for 15 people.

The bus first ran off the right side of the road, and the driver then overcorrected to the left, causing the bus to turn over in the median, the state patrol said. The driver, later identified as Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, was from Ginnett Co., has since been charged with a DUI and failure to maintain the lane.

We're told five of those seven have serious injuries, and two are in fair condition. The hospital said six passengers had been treated and released.

Officials with Augusta University Medical Center have confirmed they have received seven patients from the crash so far. He said jail records did not list an attorney for Hoppenbrouwer.




Doctors Hospital in Augusta also said an additional seven people were being treated at their facility.

The bus, which was carrying a group from Atlanta to the tournament, is owned by Jet Executive Limousine, troopers said.

Plowman said the bus careened off the road and spun around one and a half times before skidding on its side a good distance. The company is based out of Suwanee, according to its website.

Authorities have closed one lane of traffic in both directions.

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