Tour bus headed to Masters overturns, driver charged with DUI

Tour bus headed to Masters overturns, driver charged with DUI

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The tour bus that crashed carrying 18 people Thursday morning has now been flipped back over.

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

The bus with 18 people on-board was on its way to the Augusta National Golf Club.

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The Augusta Chronicle reported that seven adult passengers were transported to Augusta University Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center.

According to an official at Doctors Hospital, one patient is in critical condition, one is in fair condition and one is serious.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, the wreck happened around 8:45 a.m. on Interstate 20 at mile-marker 186 in Columbia County.

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The bus skidded for about 100 yards, Kip Plowman, a managing partner in Cherry Bekaert's Atlanta office, said in a video provided by Doctors Hospital of Augusta. The bus driver was charged with driving under the influence, and troopers say his erratic driving had concerned the passengers even before the crash.

Eighteen passengers traveling from Atlanta were on board, the state patrol said. Some passengers suffered broken bones and head injuries, Sgt. Chris Wright said, but none were life-threatening. The six other passengers had been treated and released, the hospital said.

Jet Executive Limousine Inc., the company that owns the bus, told CNN on Thursday morning it had no statement on the accident at this time. That's between the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits. Lanes on I-20 eastbound and westbound are blocked.

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The crash originally led to the closure of lanes on both sides of the interstate.

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