Driver charged with DUI after bus bound for the Masters overturns

AUGUSTA, Ga. — A man was charged with driving under the influence Thursday after a bus he was driving to the Masters golf tournament overturned, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Passengers on the bus told Georgia State Patrol officers they were bound for Augusta when the bus overturned on Interstate 20 in Columbia County, according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety.

The bus ran off the right side of the road, the statement said, before the driver over-corrected to the left, overturning the vehicle in the median.

“Several” of the 18 passengers on board were sent to Doctors Hospital in Augusta with injuries not considered life-threatening, the department said.

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

The Masters Tournament, held each year at the Augusta National Golf Club, starts Thursday.

Jet Executive Limousine Inc., the company that owns the bus, told CNN on Thursday morning it had no statement on the accident at this time.