Multiple injuries reported as Masters-bound bus crashes

Multiple injuries reported as Masters-bound bus crashes

Seventeen people are being treated for injuries after a bus crashed on its way to the Masters on Thursday morning, according to WRDW and the Georgia State Patrol.

Investigators said the bus driver ran off to the right and over-corrected, and flipped the coach over.

According to the GSP, the bus was heading to Augusta for the Masters Tournament. That's in addition to charges of driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane that the bus driver was jailed on Thursday.

Sixteen people were transported to area hospitals to be treated for injuries received in the crash.

"You have a group of guys really hoping for a good time at the Augusta National and now this tragedy fell upon them, now they're in the hospital", Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Christopher Wright said.

The bus overturned in the median on Interstate 20.

"I didn't get to see Tiger, I didn't get to see the course, nothing", said one passenger, who described several serious injuries including a broken rib. 18 people were onboard the bus at the time of the crash.

Nine of the injured passengers were taken to Doctors Hospital in Augusta, which said in a statement that one passenger was in critical condition Thursday evening.

The crash blocked lanes in both directions about 15 miles from the golf tournament along a major route from Atlanta, where many golf fans fly in before driving the last leg.

"Five of those victims were in serious condition and two were in fair condition", Augusta University Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Phillip Coule said. He said: "It's not the way we planned the day". Neither the GSP nor Gwinnett police have any previous DUIs on record for Hoppenbrouwer.

"Major incident here. Masters traffic affected for sure", state Transportation Department officials said on Twitter.

A man who answered the phone of the Georgia-based limousine company operating the bus refused to comment, according to multiple reports. Westbound traffic has since cleared but eastbound traffic is still heavy with single lane traffic being diverted to the shoulder.

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