Bus headed to Masters crashes in Georgia; 9 injured

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The bus, carrying 18 passengers, went off the right side of the road about 18 miles west of Augusta National at approximately 8:45 a.m. ET.

Sgt. Chris Wright of this Georgia State Patrol says 18 Guests had been driving the bus from Atlanta to Augusta for the first round of the Experts as Soon as the bus overturned on Interstate 20. Eastern, but the ABC station cited a sheriff's office report that several were taken to Augusta University Medical Center, with five in serious condition and two in fair condition.

The driver, 61-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer, of Gwinnett County, Georgia, was charged with DUI and failure to maintain lane, according to the state patrol.

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.

Investigators said the bus driver ran off to the right and over-corrected, and flipped the coach over. He said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the road twice before it veered a third time and crashed. According to CBS affiliate WRDW, no golfers were on the bus.

The crash caused I-20 to shut down in both directions, but the interstate later reopened.

The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that eastbound drivers should seek alternate routes.

All seven people being treated at AUMC are adults.

A representative who answered a phone number for the Suwanee, Ga. -based company declined to comment because there was "no information at this time".