MU student in critical condition after Wednesday night car crash

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | 5:16 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — MU student Gregory Phipps was in critical condition after he flipped his car in a wrong-way crash on Highway 63 on Wednesday night, said Sgt. Joe Bernhard, Columbia Police Department public information officer.

Phipps, a junior chemistry student from Lee's Summit, was driving south in the northbound lanes near Grindstone Parkway when he veered off the east side of the road for unknown reasons. The car struck a roadside sign, flipped multiple times and landed on its side at 11:36 p.m, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

No one else was injured.

Phipps was transported to University Hospital by emergency personnel and treated for life-threatening injuries. Hospital personnel said he was in critical condition  about 2 p.m. Thursday.

Officers were dispatched to find the vehicle after another driver called to report a car moving in the wrong direction, according to the release.

Excessive speed and alcohol intoxication are believed to factors in the crash, but the investigation is continuing, according to the release.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.

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