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Charter bus en route to Augusta crashes, several injured

08 April 2018, 01:33 | Damon Campbell

Over a dozen injured after tour bus crashes in Georgia

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Around 8:45 a.m., an eastbound tour bus carrying 18 people to the Masters Tournament ran off the right side of the road, then over-corrected left and overturned in the median, according the GSP. It's not clear if Hoppenbrouwer is an employee with the company or had been contracted to drive the bus.

He also declined to say if Hoppenbrouwer was an employee or contracted to drive the bus. 18 people were onboard the bus. Several other passengers were taken to Doctors Hospital in Augusta with non-life threatening injuries.

The bus is owned by Jet Executive Limousine Services, Inc. out of Suwanee, Georgia.

The bus was en route to the world-renown golf tournament, which started at the Augusta National Golf Club Thursday morning.

The Augusta Chronicle reported that seven adult passengers were transported to Augusta University Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center. He said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the road twice before it veered a third time and crashed. At this time, at least seven people have been taken to a local hospital.

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According to officials with the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, the driver of the bus, 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, is facing charges including DUI and Failure to Maintain Lane. This is near the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits and just outside of Augusta.

According to NBC affiliate WAGT in Augusta, Georgia the accident happened near mile marker 185 in Columbia County, Georgia.

Firefighters tell CBS News they are setting up a shelter and will transport passengers who did not sustain injuries there.

Details are limited. We have a crew headed to the scene.



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