Tour bus to Masters flips on Georgia highway; several injured in crash


COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. — At least nine people sustained non-life-threatening injuries Thursday after a tour bus flipped over on a highway in Georgia, according to authorities. The bus was carrying 18 passengers to the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, said the George State Police.

The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m. on eastbound I-20, about 15 miles west of Augusta, where the Masters was just getting underway. According to CBS affiliate WRDW, no golfers were on the bus.

Authorities have closed one lane of traffic in both directions. Westbound lanes have since been reopened. 

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

Police say the driver, 61-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer, “over corrected” and the vehicle overturned in the median. 

Hoppenbrouwer was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane. 

The bus is owned by Jet Executive Limouisine, Inc., police say. 

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