Bond Set for Driver Who Overturned Tour Bus Heading to Masters

Bond Set for Driver Who Overturned Tour Bus Heading to Masters

A Henrico County resident injured when a charter bus headed to the Masters golf tournament overturned on a Georgia interstate Thursday said the wreck "was a traumatic experience".

Nine victims were taken to Doctors Hospital in Augusta; one person is in critical condition, one victim is in serious condition, and one patient is in fair condition, the hospital said.

Investigators believe he drove off the right side of the road and then overcorrected, heading left into the median where it overturned.

The third Richmond-area passenger, several sources said, works for Cherry Bekaert, the Richmond-based accounting firm whose Atlanta office chartered the bus for employees and clients.

Get daily prep sports headlines from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. All other patients have been treated and released.

The bus flipped in the eastbound lanes near mile marker 185, which is between the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits, around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Several deaths after vehicle collides with pedestrians in Germany
The German news agency DPA later reported that the driver of auto that crashed into the crowd had killed himself. They told German news agency dpa that was the reason authorities cordoned off such a large area.

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

Doctors Hospital in Augusta also said an additional seven people were being treated at their facility.

The Augusta Chronicle reported that seven adult passengers were transported to Augusta University Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center. He said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the roadway before it veered and crashed.

The driver was hit with a DUI charge after flipping the bus Thursday morning.

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A person who answered the phone at the business declined to comment, saying the company was "in the dark" about the details of what happened. WhitePages.com showed there were two places listed as Hoppenbrouwer's residence as of March.

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