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Derby grad Colby Liston severely injured in accident

Colby Liston. Derby High School. (Aug. 13, 2011)
Colby Liston. Derby High School. (Aug. 13, 2011) The Wichita Eagle

By Joanna Chadwick

Derby graduate Colby Liston, who played football and track for the Panthers, was involved in a car accident Saturday night in Lawrence that severed his legs.

According to Derby football coach Brandon Clark, who visited his former player on Sunday, Liston lost both legs below his knees.

"He's doing all right," Clark said. "He's not in too much pain right now. They're just giving him morphine.

"He's one of those kids who won't feel sorry for himself. He's down in the dumps a little bit, but he'll do something special, legs or no legs. ... Colby's a competitor. I already see his mind kind of working, 'how am I going to beat this?'"

Clark said the plan is for Liston to get prosthetics.

Liston had two tweets around noon Sunday. One said, "thanks for the get well wishes. I'm doing fine. This is all part of gods plan." (sic)

He then wrote, "My life is just going to be a little different. Nothing I can't overcome.

Clark said Liston, who had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in a knee during the Panther's final regular season game last year, had planned to walk on Kansas' track team.