Tour bus crashes on way to Masters Tournament; driver facing DUI charge

Tour bus crashes on way to Masters Tournament; driver facing DUI charge

Several people were injured on Thursday when a charter bus en route to the Masters crashed on Interstate 20 west of Augusta, the Georgia State patrol confirmed to multiple media outlets.

"I was thrown around when the bus flipped and was up against the other wall", Strickler said during a phone interview from Doctors Hospital of Augusta, where he was being treated Thursday night for severe lacerations on his back.

A total of 19 people were on the bus, and all of them have been taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Georgia State Patrol officers told Atlanta's ABC affiliate WJBF that the driver, identified by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as 61-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer, had been charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain his lane. The driver ran off the right side, then overcorrected before the bus overturned in the median, according to a patrol news release.

BC-US-Tour Bus Crash-Masters, 4th Ld-Writethru, 490 Masters golf fans hurt when bus overturns on interstateAP Photo GAAUG201Eds: Updates with hospital saying one passenger in critical condition; With AP Photos.

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A total of 18 people were on the bus.

Get daily prep sports headlines from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. Wright said investigators believe Hoppenbrouwer had been using drugs, not alcohol.

The bus flipped in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 185, which is between the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits, around 9 a.m. Thursday. He said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the roadway twice before it veered a third time and crashed.

The bus is owned by Jet Executive Limousine, Inc.

Nine people are being treated at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.

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