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Bus headed to Masters flips on highway; Driver charged with DUI

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by Steve Wilaj, WGXA Staff

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WGXA) - A bus driver was charged with DUI after flipping a charter bus on Interstate 20 Thursday morning. He was taking the passengers to the Masters Tournament in Augusta.

A Gwinnett County bus driver is charged with DUI after flipping a charter bus on Interstate 20 Thursday morning. He was taking the passengers to the Masters Tournament in Augusta/Photo by WFXG via Fox 5

According to Georgia State Patrol, the wreck happened around 8:45 a.m. on I-20 in Columbia County, Fox 5 in Atlanta said in a report. Investigators said the bus driver, Steven Hoppenbrouwer, ran off the side of the road, over corrected back to the left, then the bus overturned on the median.

Authorities said 18 passengers were on the bus. Several were taken to a local hospital in Augusta to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Hoppenbrouwer, 61, was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane. The bus he was driving is owned by Executive Limousine, Inc.

The GSP said troopers on the scene were told by passengers the bus was headed to the Masters Tournament, which began Thursday morning.

I-20 remains shut down in both directions.

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