A Henrico County resident injured when a charter bus headed to the Masters golf tournament overturned on a Georgia interstate Thursday said the wreck "was a traumatic experience". The bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence.
Passengers on the bus told Georgia State Patrol officers they were bound for Augusta when the bus overturned on Interstate 20 in Columbia County, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety.
The driver of the bus, 61-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer of Gwinnett County, Georgia, is charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane, and is being held on a $20,000 bond. Wright stated police imagine he had been using prescription drugs, alcohol. "One of the guys had even said, 'I'm not riding back with him".
18 people were onboard the bus at the time of the crash.
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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. "I'll call an Uber".
The bus, which was carrying a group from Atlanta to the tournament, is owned by Jet Executive Limousine, troopers said. It's not clear if Hoppenbrouwer is an employee with the company or had been contracted to drive the bus. "They were just riding down for a pleasant day at the Masters, and unfortunately tragedy struck". "And unfortunately tragedy struck". All other patients have been treated and released. Augusta University Medical Center also announced that they took in seven patients, likely the victims mentioned in early reports; of the seven, two were in fair condition but the remaining five were in serious condition. "We're not making any statements right now", said the man, who wouldn't give his name.
A phone listing for Hoppenbrouwer was disconnected.