Crash victims noticed swerving before bus overturned

Crash victims noticed swerving before bus overturned

Crash victims noticed swerving before bus overturned

A bus taking passengers to the Masters golf tournament flipped over on a Georgia interstate on Thursday, injuring numerous people.

The bus overturned after driver Steven Hoppenbrouwer overcorrected.

He said the interior of the bus matched a photo on the company's website showing colorful strip lighting, a single row of seats lining each side of the bus and cocktail glasses hanging over a bar.

Officials at Augusta University Medical Center told KRDW they were treating seven people involved in the crash.

According to an official at Doctors Hospital, one patient is in critical condition, one is in fair condition and one is serious.

The crash happened at 8:45 a.m. on an interstate in Columbia County, Georgia, as the bus was en route to the golf tournament in nearby Augusta. The bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence. He said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the roadway before it veered and crashed. "They are fortunate. They went to a hospital to get checked out", Claud said. The others hurt didn't receive life-threatening injuries.

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A tour bus traveling through Georgia has overturned sending more than a dozen passengers to hospitals. Eastbound lanes of I-20 are still closed, but all westbound lanes of traffic are now moving.

The bus, which was carrying a group from Atlanta to the tournament, is owned by Jet Executive Limousine, troopers said.

All seven people being treated at AUMC are adults. This is near the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits and just outside of Augusta.

At least one lane of traffic is blocked both directions.

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

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