A tour bus with 19 people heading to The Masters Golf Tournament flipped in Augusta. At this time, at least seven people have been taken to a local hospital. The driver, later identified as Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, was from Ginnett Co., has since been charged with a DUI and failure to maintain the lane. At this time, people are being told to avoid the area.
According to WJBF, Georgia State Patrol were altered to the scene at 8:45 A.M. (local time), with emergency crews coming to the scene. Around four people were taken to Doctors Hospital with conditions said to be ranging from good to critical, although all are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries; WRCB TV confirmed that the victims at the Doctors Hospital were also all adults. 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.
Some later reports claimed that there were only 18 passengers on the bus during the crash, although the number at this time is unclear; it is possible different reports included the driver himself and other did not, but this in unconfirmed.
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.
What happens now?
“Accident 185 I20 E all lanes are blocked please avoid the area”
As this story is breaking, more information will be updated as made available.