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Charter bus en route to Augusta crashes, several injured

09 April 2018

Police say a tourbus headed into the Experts golf tournament flipped over on the Georgia Inter State, injuring at least twelve folks.

The bus driver, Steven Hoppenbrouwer, 61, of Gwinnett County, Georgia, was charged with DUI and a failure to maintain lane.

Officials believe that the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and the driver moved far too back to the left, causing the vehicle to overturn into the median.The bus was also said to be owned by Jet Executive Limousine, Inc.

The Augusta Chronicle reported that seven adult passengers were transported to Augusta University Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center.

Authorities said 18 passengers were on the bus, and several were taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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The bus skidded for about 100 yards, Kip Plowman, a managing partner in Cherry Bekaert's Atlanta office, said in a video provided by Doctors Hospital of Augusta. Five of them remain at the hospital; one is still in critical condition, another is in serious condition and three are in fair condition.

Firefighters tell CBS News they are setting up a shelter and will transport passengers who did not sustain injuries there. The six other passengers had been treated and released, the hospital said.

The bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence, the Georgia State Patrol said. According to CBS affiliate WRDW, no golfers were on the bus.

A person who answered the phone at the business declined to comment, saying the company was "in the dark" about the details of what happened.

The crash originally led to the closure of lanes on both sides of the interstate.

Charter bus en route to Augusta crashes, several injured