MU FarmHouse fraternity members' accident sparks online rumors

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 | 5:51 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Three new members of MU's FarmHouse fraternity are recovering from injuries sustained in a recent accident that was captured on video and has been circulating the Internet since Thursday.

The members and a prop for Homecoming fell out of the back of a white pickup truck after the truck made a left turn at the intersection of West Broadway and Stadium Boulevard.

A video showing the accident was posted on YouTube and Total Frat Move after writer Rob Fox, who uses the name "Bacon" on the site, received the footage from a student.

Fox said that he did not know who recorded the video and that he heard it had been making the rounds within MU's Greek community.

In the Total Frat Move article, Fox wrote that a "tipster" said one of the fraternity members involved in the accident was having brain surgery.

However, Jeffrey Hilbrenner, a Columbia lawyer and FarmHouse chapter adviser, said there were no surgeries as a result of the accident.

Hilbrenner said one fraternity member was significantly more injured than the others.

"All three members went to the hospital," he said. "Two were released the same day, and one spent two nights in the hospital."

Hilbrenner said FarmHouse immediately reported the incident to its international fraternity and local Greek Life council.

"There was no wrongful conduct," he said. "Simply an accident."

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.

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