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The tour bus operates on I-20 near Augusta



Several passengers were injured and the driver is drunk after a tourbus was overturned on the way to the Masters tournament on I-20 East near Augusta.

The bus of the premium limousine service Jet Executive, carried 18 people as it ran off the side of the road and over-corrected to a median at about 8:45 am on Thursday at mile marker No. 186, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Steven Hoppenbrouwer, 61, of Gwinnett County, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain the lane.

When the limousine company was reached by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday, it refused to comment at that time.

Seven people were brought to the Augusta University Medical Center, five in serious condition and two in fair condition, the sheriff's office tells ABC affiliate WJBF in Augusta. Seven more people were taken to the hospital, but their conditions are unknown, WJBF reported.

"We know there are several injuries," Sheriff Sherman of Columbia County said.

The crash has consequences The traffic led to the first round of the prestigious golf tournament at Augusta National.

"All lanes are blocked," said a sheriff official at about 9 am on Facebook "Please avoid the area."

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1; Please go back to AJC .com for updates.


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