Bus headed to Masters crashes in Georgia; 9 injured


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

18 people were onboard the bus at the time of the crash.

Officials said seven people were taken to Augusta University Medical Center - five in serious condition and two listed as fair. He "ran off the right side of the road, and the driver then overcorrected to the left, causing the bus to turn over in the median", the state patrol said. Seven others were taken to Doctors Hospital, but their conditions are unknown, WJBF reported.

The bus driver has been charged with driving under the influence, the Georgia State Patrol said. He said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the roadway before it veered and crashed. Some passengers suffered broken bones and head injuries, Sgt. Chris Wright said, but none were life-threatening.

The bus is owned by Jet Executive Limousine Services, Inc. out of Suwanee, Georgia.

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. This is near the Appling-Harlem and Grovetown exits and just outside of Augusta.

Even a Georgia hospital says it truly is treating nine travellers - for example one in critical condition - that have been injured when a constitution bus overturned along the best way into the Masters golf tournament.

All seven people being treated at AUMC are adults.

At least one lane of traffic is blocked both directions. Westbound traffic has since cleared but eastbound traffic is still heavy with single lane traffic being diverted to the shoulder.

Details are limited. We have a crew headed to the scene.