The driver of the bus, 61-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer of Gwinnett County, Georgia, is charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane, and is being held on a $20,000 bond. The driver overcorrected and the bus flipped on its side. Seven people, all adults, were admitted to Augusta University Hospital, five in serious condition and two in fair condition, said a hospital spokesperson.
Investigators say the bus was driving patrons to Augusta National to attend the tournament when the driver ran off the right side of the I-20 and over-corrected.
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Physicians Hospital in Augusta released video clip Thursday day of Kip Plowman describing the crash because he appeared in the emergency room to have broken glass taken from his hands. He said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the roadway twice before it veered a third time and crashed. "They are fortunate. They went to a hospital to get checked out", Claud said. Thankfully, none of the injuries are reported as life-threatening. This is near the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits and just outside of Augusta.
The bus is owned by Jet Executive Limousine Services, Inc. out of Suwanee, Georgia.
The Georgia State Patrol said passengers in the bus told troopers at the scene that Hoppenbrouwer had caused the vehicle to swerve twice during the trip before the accident eventually happened. Lanes on I-20 eastbound and westbound are blocked. In total, the bus was carrying 19 passengers.