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New charges added in bus crash that injured Masters patrons

April 6, 2018

This booking photo provided by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, shows Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, who was charged with driving under the influence after the charter bus he was driving to the Masters golf tournament overturned on a Georgia interstate Thursday, April 5, 2018, near Augusta, Ga., injuring 15 people and snarling traffic as scores of fans made the pilgrimage to one of the sport's premier events. (Columbia County Sheriff's Office via AP)

APPLING, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have added felony charges against the driver of a charter bus that overturned on a Georgia interstate, injuring passengers heading to the Masters golf tournament.

Maj. Steve Morris of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that 61-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer is charged with seven counts of serious injury by vehicle. That’s in addition to charges of driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane that the bus driver was jailed on Thursday.

The Georgia State Patrol says Hoppenbrouwer was driving 18 Masters patrons Thursday from Atlanta to Augusta when the bus left the road, spun and overturned on Interstate 20. Some passengers suffered broken bones and head injuries.

Morris said Hoppenbrouwer left jail after posting bond Friday. He said jail records did not list an attorney for Hoppenbrouwer.

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